Stars extend Tippett's contract through 2007-08

FRISCO, Texas -- The Dallas Stars rewarded Dave Tippett for his coaching success on Monday, exercising their option and extending his contract through the 2007-08 season.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Tippett's contract was set to expire on June 30, 2007.

Dallas also extended the contracts of assistants Rick Wilson, Mark Lamb and Andy Moog through the 2007-08 season.

The 44-year-old Tippett is 135-68-30 in his three seasons with the Stars -- the best record among active NHL coaches. He was named coach on May 21, 2002.

"We're extremely pleased to secure Dave Tippett as coach of the Dallas Stars through the 2007-08 season," general manager Doug Armstrong said. "Dave has done an outstanding job as head coach of this club and we expect that to continue for years to come."

Tippett guided Dallas to a 46-21-15 record and a Pacific Division title in his first season, easily the best record by a Stars coach in his first campaign. The club's 111 points were the fourth highest in NHL history for a rookie coach.

The Stars were 41-27-12 in 2003-04 and are poised for another division crown this season with a 48-20-3 record.

"These moves will provide the club a great deal of stability as we continue to pursue our ultimate goal of bringing a Stanley Cup back to Dallas," Tippett said. "I'm excited that the entire staff will remain together and we look forward to continued success both on and off the ice."