Steve Yzerman reportedly stepping down as Tampa Bay Lightning GM

Annette Crawford
September 11, 2018

The Bolts lost the 2015 Stanley Cup Final to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

Elliotte Friedman: It's sounding like Steve Yzerman will be stepping down as the GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning with Julian BriseBois taking over as their general manager.

Yzerman's move comes days before the Lightning open training camp following a trip to the Eastern Conference final.

The Lightning have not confirmed the news yet but have scheduled a press conference for 4 p.m. for a "major announcement" involving owner Jeff Vinik, Yzerman and BriseBois.

Julien BriseBois, who has been serving as Yzerman's assistant general manager, will grab the reins ahead of the upcoming campaign. He has always been considered a future National Hockey League general manager. He's widely regarded as a strong hockey mind and joined Tampa Bay in 2010 when he was hired from the Montreal Canadiens. The other signing Lightning captain Steven Stamkos to an eight-year, $68-million deal in 2016. The team has reached the conference final three times and the Stanley Cup final once during his tenure.

Yzerman, 53, was first connected to the Red Wings' GM job when he worked in the team's front office from 2006-2010.

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

Tampa Bay came two victories away from the second title in franchise history three years ago.

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