Cooper agrees to contract extension with Lightning

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              Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper, upper left, speaks with an official, front right, during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, March 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning have signed coach Jon Cooper to a multiyear contract extension.

The team announced the deal with the league’s longest-tenured coach on Tuesday, but did not say how long the new contract will run.

Cooper has led the Lightning, who have the NHL’s best record this season, to the Eastern Conference finals three of the past four seasons. The team also appeared in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

The Lightning are 59-14-4 and have clinched the Presidents’ Trophy.

Cooper has a 301-157-44 record in six-plus seasons with Tampa Bay.