Former Tri-City Americans coach Don Nachbaur appears set to take over the Spokane Chiefs.
Nachbaur, who guided Tri-City to 235 wins and two U.S. Division titles in six seasons, reportedly will be introduced as the Chiefs' new coach at a 1 p.m. press conference today at Spokane Arena.
He resigned from the Americans last summer to take over the Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y., which finished fifth in the AHL East at 36-35-6-3 last season. But Nachbaur's family remained in Richland while he coached on the East Coast, and he resigned last week, citing personal reasons.
The Americans picked up a pair of defensemen Tuesday in the Canadian Hockey League's import draft.
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The Ams traded a fourth-round pick in the 2011 Bantam draft to Prince Albert for the Raiders' No. 16 pick, Nikita Nesterov, a 6-foot, 185-pound 17-year-old from Russia. Tri-City then used its pick -- 55th overall -- on 17-year-old Nikita Kardashev (6-1, 185) of Belarus.
Teams are allowed to carry two import players during the season. Tri-City already has two: forward Sergei Drozd and goalie Alexander Pechurskiy, both of whom are 20 and will count against the Ams' overage allowance of three if they remain on the roster.
Forward Kruise Reddick, named team captain for next season, will take one of those overage spots. Also, general manager Bob Tory expressed interest in adding a defenseman with the import draft.
Prince George used the first pick in Tuesday's draft on Martin Marincin, a defenseman from Slovakia who was selected in the second round of last week's NHL draft by Edmonton.
The Edmonton Oil Kings traded with Chilliwack to get Latvian winger Kristians Pelss, another Oiler draft pick (seventh round).
Medicine Hat (Sebastian Owuya, Thrashers sixth round) and Regina (trade with Lethbridge for Ricard Blidstrand, Flyers seventh round) also picked up NHL draft picks.