Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Yzerman Reportedly "Going Home To Detroit" After Stepping Down As Lightning GM

Yzerman Reportedly

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.

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

Elliotte Friedman: It's sounding like Steve Yzerman will be stepping down as the GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning with Julian BriseBois taking over as their general manager. For a number of years, he has been considered a future National Hockey League general manager, and owner Jeff Vinik said the Lightning were lucky BriseBois wasn't hired by someone else.

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. Yzerman's family has remained in Detroit, and he commuted during his time on the job.

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The Lightning are coming off a franchise-best 113-point regular season and Game 7 loss in the Eastern Conference final to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.

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. Detroit extended longtime GM Ken Holland, 62, for two more seasons in April, despite the team missing the playoffs for a second straight season, and he's going into his 22nd year on the job. Most recently, Yzerman made the blockbuster acquisition of Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh at February's trade deadline and inked Nitkita Kucherov to an eight-year, $76 million extension in July.

The move comes just as the Lightning, one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, sets to begin training camp on Thursday for the 2018-19 season. Yzerman is expected to stay in the organization as an advisor to the GM.

"We felt it was important to let everyone know what we were doing, end any potential speculation", Yzerman said.

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