Steve Yzerman Steps Down As Tampa Bay Lightning GM

Steve Yzerman Steps Down As Tampa Bay Lightning GM

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced Yzerman's decision.

Under Yzerman, Tampa Bay made it to its conference final three times and the Stanley Cup final once. The Lightning lost to the Washington Capitals, the eventual Stanley Cup champions, in the Eastern Conference final. 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.

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

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. He retired in 2006 after 22 National Hockey League seasons. 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 will be replaced by assistant general manager Julien BriseBois. You can look at the position both teams are in right now and see how that went.

Holland signed a two-year contract extension at the end of last season to stay on as Red Wings GM.

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But Detorit was already been through this exact thing in the past, and they can't make the same mistake again.

Joe Smith of The Athletic was the first to report that Yzerman was stepping aside, and that the man who worked with him on personnel decisions, Julien Brisebois, would move into the GM role.

But that doesn't mean that all needs to happen at this very moment.

Among the major personnel moves under Yzerman's tenure included the trade of franchise talisman Martin St-Louis to the New York Rangers in 2014 and the re-signing of Steven Stamkos to an eight-year, $68 million deal in 2016.

He had one year remaining on his contract with the Lightning.

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