Steve Yzerman stepping aside as Lightning GM

NHL News Steve Yzerman will step down as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Julian Brise Bois will take over as team GM

- The Steve Yzerman era is coming to an end for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Steve Yzerman is stepping down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning and will be replaced immediately by assistant Julien BriseBois, a person with knowledge of the move told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "He is more than ready".

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. 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.

"It will be business as usual for the Tampa Bay Lightning", BriseBois said. The Bolts lost the 2015 Stanley Cup Final to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. The other signing Lightning captain Steven Stamkos to an eight-year, $68-million deal in 2016. 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.




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. 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.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue the process we started four years ago and would like to thank [owner] Jeff Vinik for entrusting me with the responsibility of leading the Tampa Bay Lightning", Yzerman said.

Yzerman has been Tampa's GM since 2010.

Regardless, this is a pretty stunning development in the hockey world given how well Yzerman has done in building a contender in Tampa. "If not this year, beyond".

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