Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman stepping down

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman stepping down

Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman stepping down

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.

According to multiple sources, general manager Steve Yzerman is stepping down as GM and will be moving into a senior advisory role.

That it didn't leak at all says a lot about how Lightning owner Jeffrey Vinik and Yzerman operate.

"With some time to reflect, to do the job the way it needs to be done - the way I feel it needs to be done - and ultimately to be with my family as well, it's becoming hard to do, hence the decision", Yzerman told reporters at a press conference in Tampa.

It was a surprising move for a powerhouse team, one that reached the Eastern Conference final last season. He is more than ready.

Yzerman accepted the Lightning job shortly thereafter.

He took over as Lightning general manager in May of 2010.

Yzerman, who oversaw the Lightning for an eight-year tenure that included a trip to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, added he looks forward to working under BriseBois.

"It will be business as usual for the Tampa Bay Lightning", BriseBois said.

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

Yzerman spent his entire Hall of Fame playing career with the Red Wings and now owns homes in both Tampa and Detroit. 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.

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

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