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

Yzerman Reportedly

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

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik announced that Steve Yzerman is moving on to a new role in the organization with longtime assistant Julien BriseBois taking over as general manager.

Not long after reports indicated that Steve Yzerman would be stepping down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, reports began to surface that the plan was for him to come back home to the Detroit Red Wings following the conclusion of this season, as he's still under contract with the Lightning through this year.

Steve Yzerman stepped down from his current role as the Lightning's GM in a surprise move Tuesday. BriseBois has been Yzerman's right-hand man and assistant GM since they came to Tampa Bay in 2010.

"To do the job the way it needs to be done and to be with my family as well, it's becoming hard to do", Yzerman said, via ESPN. Beyond that, Yzerman's future is cloudy and BriseBois is now in charge. The Lightning posted a 54-23-5 record last season and has advanced to the conference finals twice in the past three years. He has always been considered a future National Hockey League 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.

During his eight-year tenure with the Lightning, he helped the club reach the playoffs on five occasions, the Eastern Conference Final three times, and the Stanley Cup Final in 2015, where the team ultimately fell to the Chicago Blackhawks. 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, 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, 53, was first connected to the Red Wings' GM job when he worked in the team's front office from 2006-2010.

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