Yzerman steps down as Lightning GM, BriseBois takes over

Yzerman steps down as Lightning GM, BriseBois takes over

Yzerman steps down as Lightning GM, BriseBois takes over

Julien BriseBois, who has been serving as Yzerman's assistant general manager, will grab the reins ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Steve Yzerman resigned as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, the same week they are scheduled to open training camp. For a number of years, he has been considered a future National Hockey League general manager and takes over a team that should contend for years to come. Yzerman's family has remained in Detroit, and he commuted during his time on the job.

Yzerman has spent the past eight seasons as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, including five playoff appearances, a trip to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, and three consecutive Eastern Conference Final appearances in their last three playoff runs.

Fans went a little nuts at the news Tuesday, wondering if Yzerman will eventually return to the Red Wings.

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Yzerman reportedly has one year left on his contract, and he said a desire to spend more time with his family in Detroit, where Yzerman played his entire Hall-of-Fame career and captained three Stanley Cup teams with the Red Wings, is the reason he's stepping down. But Holland signed a two-year extension with the Wings at the end of last season. 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. He's widely regarded as a strong hockey mind and joined Tampa Bay in 2010 when he was hired from the Montreal Canadiens. The Lightning lost to the Washington Capitals, the eventual Stanley Cup champions, in the Eastern Conference final.

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.

Yzerman said he plans to serve as senior adviser for at least a year, but when asked about his plans beyond that, he said he doesn't know, according to The Athletic's Joe Smith.

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