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Flames will let Jagr decide when he’s ready to make debut

The Calgary Flames are leaving it up to Jaromir Jagr to decide when he will make his debut with the team, according to head coach Glen Gulutzan.

Jagr, who signed a one-year, $1-million deal with the Flames on Wednesday, just completed his second practice with the club.

“We’re gonna let Jags decide that,” Gulutzan said Friday when asked if Jagr would suit up for Calgary’s home game on Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets. “We’ll know more tomorrow. See how he feels. That’ll be his decision.”

The 45-year-old right-winger practised on both power-play units and the head coach has already noticed the effect the veteran has had on teammates.

“He’s really good with young guys,” said Gulutzan. “He loves the game … he’s trying to pass on helpful things and the guys listen, obviously. They would like to have that kind of career too.”

Jagr’s 765 NHL goals are third all-time behind Wayne Gretzky (894) and Gordie Howe (801). He’s second all-time in points with 1,914, behind Gretzky’s 2,857.