Kris Versteeg has been there. Virtually all the rest of them, too.
"I know when I was trying to establish myself, a hundred years ago or so, I'd do anything to get noticed,'' the two-time Stanley Cup winner was reminiscing late Monday night after the Flames split-squad loss at the Scotiabank Saddledome. "Fight, for instance.
"I did a lot of that, back in the day, believe it or not. At my size.
"In the minors one year I think I had 11.
"It's about finding a way to get your foot in the door. Whatever. However. Making the right people take a second look at you, then a third. And hoping that keeps carrying you forward.
"Once you get that foot in, you keep it there. You don't let that door shut.
"He's a real good kid. He's got the potential to be a real good player.
"I'm rooting for him."