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Flames could have interest in Jagr: report

Gulutzan as coach likely part of equation

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Forward Jaromir Jagr could be drawing interest from the Calgary Flames, who are coached by one of his former coaches, Glen Gulutzan.

Reporter Elliott Friedman told NHL Network on Monday that Calgary has "kind of looked at" signing Jagr, a 45-year-old unrestricted free agent.

Gulutzan coached Jagr for 34 games with the Dallas Stars during the 2012-13 season, when Jagr had 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) for them.

"When I had him ... first of all he's not as fast as he used to be, but below the tops of the circles he is still stronger on the puck than most guys in the League," Gulutzan said during last season, his first as coach of the Flames. "... But probably the most impressive thing with [Jaromir], for me, of all those physical skills, obviously the size (6-foot-3, 230 pounds) and the strength and the hands, is his hockey IQ is off the charts. ...

"We clipped some clips, I remember back in Dallas, that we sat and watched as a coaching staff going, 'Oh my God, how did he even do that?' ... He can score, he can pass, he can do it all ... I think that's what's allowed him to play. And he has a real passion for the game."

Video: FLA@BOS: Jagr nets wrister through traffic for PPG

Friedman said Jagr could start the NHL season playing overseas, perhaps in the Czech league, before returning.

The Flames declined to comment when contacted Tuesday.

Jagr had 46 points (16 goals, 30 assists) in 82 games for the Florida Panthers last season, and became the second-leading scorer in NHL history behind Wayne Gretzky (2,857-1,914).

Jagr likely would fit on the Flames' third or fourth line and play on their power play.

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