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Let's make a deal

The Americans did a nice job of signing draft picks and prospects during the offseason, but one name that did not go on the dotted line was coach Don Nachbaur.

In the last year of his contract, Nachbaur, the WHL coach of the year, is too valuable to let get away.

He’s turned around a program that was in need of a firm hand.

He’s made players accountable for their actions, taught them to believe in themselves and play with pride.

He guided the team to its best season in franchise history — 52 wins, 108 points, a U.S. Division banner and the Scotty Munro trophy.

When Bob Tory hired Nachbaur in 2003, he told me, “His work ethic, commitment and loyalty are second to none.” Nachbaur in return said, “We will compete for 60 minutes and give the fans what they came to see. We will make this community proud.”

Nachbaur has been true to his word. Now, it’s time for the Americans owners to show the same loyalty.