To see a 25-year-old sitting out April’s final four dates had been truly odd.

Especially considering the netminding alternatives — a 33-year-old (who was sick) and a 36-year-old (who was emotionally checked out).

The healthy youngster stood out as the common sense option.

Yet Leland Irving did not play — nor dress — once down the stretch.

Then came Jay Feaster’s post-season address. Discussing in-system goaltenders, the Calgary Flames general manager name-checked Joey MacDonald, Miikka Kiprusoff, Laurent Brossoit, Karri Ramo, Reto Berra, Joni Ortio.

Tellingly, not a peep about Irving.

“We do have a plan (for the goalies),” Feaster noted that day, “but it’s not something we want to share in a lot of detail right now.”

The Flames, this week, declined to comment on Irving’s past, present or future. Less tight-lipped was Irving’s agent, Ritch Winter.

“I’m convinced that he’s going to be a very good No. 1 goaltender in the National Hockey League — when he’s given the opportunity,” Winter says from his Edmonton office. “I’ve represented Tommy Salo, Dominik Hasek, Tomas Vokoun and many other goaltenders that have struggled before they found their way . . . and I think I’ve come to understand the position very well. In my opinion, Leland is the best goalie the Flames have under contract, not including Kiprusoff. As far as goalies under the age of 30, they don’t have a better goalie in their system.

“Leland would be thrilled to be given the opportunity to come back to Calgary because he believes that he can compete for the No. 1 job — and win it. I don’t think there’s any doubt he can do that.”

However, Irving — drafted 26th overall in 2006 and soon to become an unrestricted free agent — appears to be on his way out.

No worries, according Winter.

“One thing I don’t think we’ll have? Trouble finding Leland employment,” he says. “He would like that to be in Calgary . . . but that would require them to want him back.

“You and I will have this conversation in five or six years, and he’ll either be a key part to leading Calgary back to the Stanley Cup playoffs — or he’ll be (like former Flames properties) Craig Anderson and J.S. Giguere and doing it somewhere else.”