Steve Yzerman stepping down as Tampa Bay Lightning general manager

Aubrey Yates
September 11, 2018

Steve Yzerman is stepping down as Lightning general manager, sources told The Athletic.

Travis Yost: "If you had a short list of sharpest guys not in GM role, BriseBois probably at the top".

Yzerman says he's becoming a senior adviser to BriseBois and the remainder of the front office.

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Yzerman let players know in a meeting today that he'll be leaving the GM post but will be staying with the team as an advisor. "We wanted to get it done before training camp". At a news conference at Amalie Arena, Yzerman says the decision allows him to spend more time with his family and that BriseBois is "more than ready" to succeed him. He's widely regarded as a strong hockey mind and joined Tampa Bay in 2010 when he was hired from the Montreal Canadiens. Since then, Yzerman, 53, has guided Tampa Bay to five postseason appearances in eight seasons, including three trips to the Eastern Conference final and one trip to the Stanley Cup final. He still has one year left on his contract with the Lightning, and he accepted an advisory role with the team after resigning as GM.

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.

Tampa Bay came two victories away from the second title in franchise history three years ago. Yzerman has also won Olympic gold medals in 2010 and 2014 as Canada's GM.

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