Steve Yzerman stepping down as Tampa Bay Lightning general manager

Heather Diaz
September 12, 2018

Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman is stepping aside as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, but will remain with the team in a new role.

BriseBois, 41, had been an assistant to Yzerman since they joined the Lightning in 2010.

Yzerman has been one of the most successful general managers in the league since taking over in 2010, leading the Lightning to the conference final in three of the past four seasons.

Vinik told The Athletic in May he was hopeful and optimistic. The Lightning are considered one of the favorites to hoist the Stanley Cup this season.

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Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman gestures during a news conference before an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Tampa, Fla., on February 26, 2018.

Yzerman let his players know of his decision on Tuesday and will move into an advisory role with the team. 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. "Again, entirely speculation. And Ken Holland has a two-year extension with the Red Wings".

Of course, Yzerman is best known for his Hall of Fame career with the 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. He also traded for J.T. Miller and Ryan McDonagh at last year's trade deadline and got Nikita Kucherov signed to an extension this summer. I suspect that Yzerman plays out his contract with Tampa as an advisor, Holland steps down in Detroit next offseason, therefor clearing the path for Yzerman to take over.

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

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