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Jon Cooper signs extension with Lightning

Jon Cooper is staying put, with the Tampa Bay Lightning announcing Friday that they had signed the coach to a multiyear extension.

"I'm extremely happy with the job he's doing with our team," Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told ESPN.com on Friday. "I like the way our team plays; I like the systems that we play; and I think he's an outstanding coach. I'm looking forward to working with him for many more years."

Without the extension, Cooper's contract would have expired after this season.

Cooper took over from Guy Boucher in March 2013 and last season led the young team to an appearance in the Stanley Cup finals.

A native of Prince George, British Columbia, Cooper has gone 112-70-23 with the Lightning. He coached Tampa's AHL farm team to a Calder Cup title in 2012.

Tampa Bay won a franchise-record 50 games, set a club mark for points and led the NHL in scoring last season. The Lightning lost the Stanley Cup finals to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

The team is off to a 12-11-3 start this season, sixth in the Atlantic Division.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.