Needs 1pt to reach 200 in career...Made NJ debut Nov. 27 vs. Montreal...Signed one-year, two-way contract Nov. 27; joined the team as a PTO on Nov. 18 Also joined team as a PTO prior to training camp on Sept. 16; posted 0g-2a-2pts and 6 PIM in three pre-season games with the Devils Was released from PTO on Oct. 2 2014-15: Split season between San Jose (25 games), Worcester (AHL, 3) and the NY Islanders (13) Totaled 6g-8a-14pts in 38 NHL appearances overall Scored 2g Dec. 4 vs. Boston (GWG) Traded by Sharks to the Isles for a 7th round choice in the 2015 Entry Draft on Mar. 2 Recorded 1g-1a-2pts on Mar. 9 at Toronto in his debut with New York Saw action in three playoff games for NYI OTHER: An eight-year NHL veteran; has career totals of 86g-113a-199pts and 225 PIM in 477 regular season contests...Posted career highs across the board with 21g-24a-45pts and 37 PIM in 80 games during in 2010-11 Has 12g-15a-27pts and 27 PIM in 79 playoff games Won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009.
Traded to San Jose by Pittsburgh for San Jose's 2nd round choice (later traded to Columbus Columbus selected Dillon Heatherington) in 2013 Entry Draft, June 30, 2013. Traded to NY Islanders by San Jose for Tampa Bay's 7th round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Vancouver Vancouver selected Tate Olson) in 2015 Entry Draft, March 2, 2015.
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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