Published: Tue, September 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman stepping down

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman stepping down

Julien Brisebois, previously an assistant GM, will assume the general manager duties, according to The Athletic.

- The Steve Yzerman era is coming to an end for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Yzerman says he's becoming a senior adviser to BriseBois and the remainder of the front office.

The stunning turn of events comes days before the Lightning open training camp following a trip to the Eastern Conference final.

The details surrounding why exactly Yzerman is stepping down remain a mystery, though there's no shortage of speculation already.

Yzerman has been Tampa's GM since 2010.

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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. The other signing Lightning captain Steven Stamkos to an eight-year, $68-million deal in 2016.

Yzerman, a Hall of Fame centre with the Detroit Red Wings who won the Cup three times as a player, went into management immediately after retiring.

In 2010, the plan was for Yzerman to take over as Red Wings GM for Ken Holland, but when Holland was offered a promotion away from day to day operations, he refused to budge.

Prior to joining the Lightning, Yzerman spent four seasons as vice president with the Detroit Red Wings. 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.

As for BriseBois, he's also been with the club since 2010 and has always been speculated to be in line for a GM position.

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