Olli Jokinen is hoping his is not a case of hair today, gone tomorrow.

With just one year left on his two-year deal, the 32-year-old Flames centre says he'd like nothing more than to sign another deal to extend his stay in Calgary. And he's willing to talk contract as soon as the Flames are.

"Absolutely," said Jokinen, who will make US$3 million this season.

"My kids and wife love it here. The school system is great. People are really nice and hockey matters. A lot of times you try to go somewhere else and think it might be better but it isn't always true. I know that. Hopefully, I have a lot of years left here."

A year ago those words would have scared most fans.