Kings add Tynan, Sparks

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The Los Angeles Kings have signed forward T.J. Tynan and goaltender Garret Sparks to one-year, two-way contracts.

Tynan was voted the AHL’s most valuable player in 2020-21, when he recorded 35 points in 27 games for the Colorado Eagles. He finished second in the league with 27 assists and served as team captain.

Tynan has played 436 AHL games over seven pro seasons and has totaled 71 goals and 277 assists for 348 points, tied for the most in the league since the start of the 2014-15 season. The three-time AHL All-Star won a Calder Cup championship with Lake Erie in 2016 and reached the Finals with Chicago in 2019, and has amassed 24 points in 44 AHL playoff games.

Tynan was a third-round selection by Columbus in the 2011 NHL Draft and has skated in 19 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche, posting one assist.

Sparks spent the 2020-21 season with the AHL’s Stockton Heat after attending the Calgary Flames’ training camp on a tryout. He went 5-10-0 in 16 appearances with a 2.69 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.

A ninth-year pro, Sparks has appeared in 163 regular-season games in the AHL with Stockton, Chicago and Toronto, going 93-52-11 with a 2.28 GAA, a .923 save percentage and 17 shutouts.

He is also 17-8 (2.27, .914) with three shutouts in 27 postseason games, and backstopped Toronto to a Calder Cup championship in 2018. He also won the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding goaltender in 2017-18.

Selected by Toronto in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Draft, Sparks has played 38 career games in the NHL with Toronto and Vegas, with a record of 14-18-2, a 3.11 GAA and an .897 save percentage.