By Ken Wiebe
The Winnipeg Sun
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Much like an offensive lineman protecting a quarterback, former Victoria Salmon Kings defenseman Daniel Rahimi does a lot of the important little things that generally don’t show up on the traditional stats sheet.
When you’re a member of a shutdown defence pairing that is generally out on the ice against the opposition’s top offensive players, job No. 1 is to keep the puck out of your net.
Everything else is just a bonus.
When Nathan McIver was scooped up on waivers by the Anaheim Ducks prior to the start of the American Hockey League season, the Manitoba Moose had an unexpected vacancy on the back end and head coach Scott Arniel didn’t hesitate sliding Rahimi up with former ECHL defenseman Maxime Fortunus.
After all, when McIver was on recall to the parent Vancouver Canucks late last season, Rahimi fared pretty well playing alongside Fortunus.