Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman stepping down

Lynette Rowe
September 12, 2018

He said he came to the decision in late July not to sign another contract as GM and that it took until now to iron out details on what to do next.

The Athletic reported former assistant GM Julien BriseBois is expected to take over.

With Yzerman now available to be a general manager, there will be no shortage of teams around the league who will easily cut ties with whoever they have in order to bring him on board, but it sounds like there's only one team on Yzerman's mind. Since then, he has guided Tampa Bay to five postseason appearances in eight season, including three trips to the Eastern Conference final and one trip to the Stanley Cup final.

Yzerman's run as Tampa's GM includes winning the General Manager of the Year Award during the 2014-15 season. The Lightning posted a 54-23-5 record last season and has advanced to the conference finals twice in the past three years. Yzerman's family has remained in Detroit, and he commuted during his time on the job.

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That it didn't leak at all says a lot about how Lightning owner Jeffrey Vinik and Yzerman operate.

A source told the Detroit Free Press that Yzerman told Lightning players in the meeting that he was going home to Detroit, the city where he was made a legend and still lives during the offseason. Detroit is in rebuilding mode, while Tampa Bay has become a perennial contender and will again be a championship favorite this season. He began his front office career as vice-president of hockey operations under GM Ken Holland in Detroit and was part of a Cup victor in 2008 before getting the head job with the Lightning.

Tampa Bay came two victories away from the second title in franchise history three years ago.

BriseBois, 41, has been with the club since 2010 and, besides serving as Yzerman's assistant, has also been general manager of their American Hockey League affiliate Syracuse Crunch. The Lightning was hoping to sign Yzerman to a contract extension until Tuesday's stunning news. "If not this year, beyond".

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