Steve Yzerman stepping down as Lightning GM


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.

Steve Yzerman is stepping away from his role as general manager for the Lightning, according to multiple reports. Stay tuned for any developments involving Holland and Yzerman.

Yzerman, 53, was hired by the Lightning as GM in 2010 and has one year remaining on his contract with Tampa Bay. For eight years, he commuted between there and Tampa, and while he was able to still do his job effectively, Yzerman said that when he and owner Jeff Vinik started to discuss extending his contract, continuing to be apart from his wife and three daughters weighed on him.

May 2011: The Lightning reach the Eastern Conference Final in Yzerman's first season as general manager.

A source told the Detroit Free Press that Yzerman told Lightning players in the meeting that he was going home to Detroit, the city where he was made a legend and still lives during the offseason.

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Yzerman went to Tampa Bay with a five-year plan to win a Cup.

With how Detroit sports, especially the Red Wings, taking a serious dip over the last few years, bringing back a local legend in Yzerman who just so happens the consensus best general manager in the league is bound to bring back interest in a team that has a bleak future on paper.

Following a very successful 22-season career on the ice, all with the Detroit Red Wings, Yzerman became Tampa Bay's GM in 2010.

Yzerman had signed a four-year extension with Tampa Bay on April 7, 2014, which ran through the 2018-19 season.

The stunning turn of events comes days before the Lightning open training camp following a trip to the Eastern Conference final. He's also had success developing homegrown talent, like Brayden Point and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, a Vezina Trophy finalist this past season.