The topic of Olli Jokinen's play down the stretch for the Calgary Flames is becoming an increasing louder conversation.

Jokinen doesn't want to be part of it, however.

"I don't really want to talk about myself. It's a team game, and it's about the team," the Flames centre said Saturday afternoon after a meeting at the hotel. "It doesn't really make any sense for me to say how I've been playing this year. All you guys have your own opinion, everybody's got their own opinion, but at the end of the day, it's about where the team is going to be after 82 games.

"All that matters is getting into the post-season."

Even though the Flames were still mathematically alive prior to puck drop for Saturday's clash with the Vancouver Canucks, everybody can take an educated guess Calgary's hockey heroes will be on the outside of the Stanley Cup tournament.

Therefore, the time has come to look toward next season.

Whether Jokinen, due to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, returns is one of the biggest questions moving forward.

On one hand, the 33-year-old was the club's most consistent forward through three quarters of the season, and took a big leap forward to be a player who could excel at both ends of the rink.