Tampa Bay Lightning: Steve Yzerman steps down as GM

Tanya Simon
September 12, 2018

He will be replaced by assistant general manager Julien BriseBois.

In some of the most unexpected and shocking news in recent memory, Steve Yzerman is reportedly stepping down as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, and he will be moving into an advisory role for the final year of his contract. At a news conference at Amalie Arena, Yzerman says the decision allows him to spend more time with his family and that BriseBois is "more than ready" to succeed him.

Yzerman let players know in a meeting today that he'll be leaving the GM post but will be staying with the team as an advisor. The team has reached the conference final three times and the Stanley Cup final once during his tenure.

As a player, Yzerman spent 22 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, retiring in 2006.

But the move has already stoked speculation that Yzerman will eventually become the Red Wings' next general manager.

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In the salary cap era, perhaps better than anyone, he's excelled at retaining top talent, such as captain Steven Stamkos, winger Nikita Kucherov and defenseman Victor Hedman, with team-friendly long-term deals.

For years, there have always been rumors of Steve Yzerman returning to Detroit to be a general manager, but it is important to note that the current Detroit general manager Ken Holland just signed a two year contract extension with the team this offseason. He's widely regarded as a strong hockey mind and joined Tampa Bay in 2010 when he was hired from the Montreal Canadiens. BriseBois had a significant role in working with the organization's prospects, as he oversaw the Lightning's American Hockey League affiliate.

April 20, 2011: Yzerman is named finalist for GM of the Year Award after Lightning finish with 103 points (46-25-11), second in Southeast Division.

"Over the course of the last couple of years, there's been moments to reflect on my situation", Yzerman said.

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