Signed as a free agent by Ilves Tampere (Finland), January 31, 2005. Traded to Toronto by San Jose with Mark Bell for Toronto's 1st (later traded to St. Louis St. Louis selected Lars Eller) and 2nd (later traded to St. Louis St. Louis selected Aaron Palushaj) round choices in 2007 Entry Draft and Toronto's 4th round choice (later traded to Nashville Nashville selected Craig Smith) in 2009 Entry Draft, June 22, 2007. Traded to Anaheim by Toronto with Jason Blake for Jean-Sebastien Giguere, January 31, 2010. Traded to Calgary by Anaheim for Curtis McElhinney, March 3, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Solna (Sweden), November 1, 2010. Signed as a free agent by Ilves Tampere (Finland), June 9, 2011. Officially announced his retirement, October 2, 2012.
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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