Steve Yzerman to step down as Tampa Bay Lightning general manager

Steve Yzerman to step down as Tampa Bay Lightning general manager

Steve Yzerman to step down as Tampa Bay Lightning general manager

Detroit Red Wings fans have been pining to see their former long-time captain Steve Yzerman return to the Detroit Red Wings and take over for the maligned Ken Holland as general manager for years now.

Steve Yzerman says he's "100 percent committed" to the Tampa Bay Lightning this season after stepping down as general manager and moving to a senior adviser role. 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. If Yzerman wants to come home right now, they would be out of their mind not to let Holland go and bring Yzerman on board to get the team back on the right track. 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.

"I feel this change in role is important for me to allow me to spend more time with my family and to still make sure the Lightning is managed to the level everyone has come to expect", Yzerman said Tuesday.

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. 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. "I wonder if this is a win for Tampa Bay, even with how successful Y was". The Lightning are considered one of the favorites to hoist the Stanley Cup this season. The other signing Lightning captain Steven Stamkos to an eight-year, $68-million deal in 2016.

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. But Holland signed a two-year extension with the Wings at the end of last season.

Before coming to Tampa Bay, Yzerman spent 22 years as a Hall-of-Fame player in Detroit and almost four years in the front office of the Red Wings. The Hall of Famer joined the Red Wings front office, leaving in 2010 for the Lighting GM job.

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