That NHL salary only goes so far when you’re a couple of weeks into a career.

That’s why Kenny Agostino has to put his foot down.

Agostino, the Calgary Flames left winger who finished his time at Yale University and joined the big-league club that acquired his rights from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Jarome Iginla trade a year ago, is about to live a rarity.

The product of Flanders, N.J., is facing the opportunity of skating in his home state at a rink about 40 minutes from the home he grew up in.

You bet it’ll mean a jolt to the attendance figures when the Flames face the New Jersey Devils on Monday at the Prudential Center (5 p.m.. Sportsnet West/Sportsnet 960 The Fan).

“I might have to cut some people off and tell them just to buy some upper-deck tickets,” Agostino said in anticipation of a triumphant return home. “I’m lucky. That’s a good problem to have. I’ve got a lot of great friends and family coming, especially a lot of Yale buddies driving from school on a Monday night. You can’t ask for anything better than that.”

However, it won’t be the first time Agostino has skated at the building known as The Rock.

He won three high-school title games, a nice capping on his varsity hockey stint he concluded by becoming the all-time leading scorer for his alma mater and was twice named the state’s high-school player of the year. Considering he also helped lead Yale University to the NCAA title last year, that’s an impressive resume.