Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman stepping down

Hope Soto
September 12, 2018

BriseBois has been Tampa Bay's assistant GM for the past eight years and he's been with the organization since 2001, long touted as an up-and-comer in front-office circles.

Julien BriseBois, general manager of the AHL's Syracuse Crunch and the Lightning's assistant general manager, will become the Lightning's GM, the team said Tuesday.

Steve Yzerman is stepping down as Lightning general manager, sources told The Athletic.

He was named NHL General Manager of the Year in 2015. 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 then went to Tampa Bay and took over the team as general manager.

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Before taking on an executive role, Yzerman spent his entire National Hockey League playing career from 1983 to 2006 with the Red Wings and helped Detroit win three Stanley Cups between 1997 and 2002. The Lightning lost to the Washington Capitals, the eventual Stanley Cup champions, in the Eastern Conference final.

It's been rumored in recent years that Yzerman, who built one of the NHL's best teams in Tampa Bay during his eight-year tenure at the helm, could return to Detroit to take over for Ken Holland as Red Wings GM. He promoted Jon Cooper to head coach in 2013, re-signed captain Steven Stamkos and locked up defenceman Victor Hedman to a long-term deal in 2016, traded for J.T. Miller and Ryan McDonagh at last year's trade deadline and got Nikita Kucherov signed to an extension this summer. He's also had success developing homegrown talent, like Brayden Point and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, a Vezina Trophy finalist this past season.

BriseBois told reporters he "would love for" Yzerman to stay in this advisory role with Tampa Bay beyond this season, but Yzerman acknowledged that he's unsure of his future.

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

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