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      Report: Crunch head coach Jon Cooper hired by Tampa Bay Lightning

      Eliotte Friedman of CBC and Darren Dreger of TSN are reporting Syracuse Crunch head coach Jon Cooper has been hired as the head coach of Tampa Bay Lightning.

      The Lightning recently fired Guy Boucher, and Coach Cooper had been one of the most talked about NHL coaching candidates since his Norfolk Admirals won the Calder Cup in the AHL last season.

      This season, Cooper has led the Crunch to the best record in the AHL with a 39-18-3-5 record.