Traded to New Jersey by Dallas with Joe Nieuwendyk for Jason Arnott, Randy McKay and New Jersey's 1st round choice (later traded to Columbus, later traded to Buffalo Buffalo selected Daniel Paille) in 2002 Entry Draft, March 19, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Ingolstadt (Germany), January 24, 2005. Traded to Dallas by New Jersey for Dallas's 3rd round choice (Blake Coleman) in 2011 Entry Draft and future considerations, January 6, 2011. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, July 6, 2011. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to hip surgery, February 9, 2013. Officialy announced his retirement, January 15, 2014.
Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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