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Steve Yzerman to step down as Lightning GM, report says

Steve Yzerman to step down as Lightning GM, report says”

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

BriseBois, 41, has been in charge of Tampa's AHL roster since joining the team in 2010 and has watched numerous players come through the ranks to form the backbone of the current National Hockey League team. Then-owner Mike Ilitch reportedly wanted to move Holland to an executive role to make room for Yzerman, but Holland declined the promotion.

It's been rumored in recent years that Yzerman, who built one of the NHL's best teams in Tampa Bay during his eight-year tenure at the helm, could return to Detroit to take over for Ken Holland as Red Wings GM.

"This change is important for me, which will allow me to spend more time with my family", said Yzerman, who added he came to this decision in July.

"Over the course of the last couple of years, there's been moments to reflect on my situation", Yzerman said.

May 2011: The Lightning reach the Eastern Conference Final in Yzerman's first season as general manager.

The Tampa Bay Lightning's front office will look a little different this season. "The mission is going to be the same".

Tampa Bay is again one of the Cup favourites based on Yzerman's stellar record of drafting, developing and acquiring players.

That, coupled with Red Wings' GM Ken Holland inking a two-year extension last spring, will start the rumor mill that Yzerman could return to the organization where he spent all 22 seasons of his National Hockey League career.

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

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue the process we started four years ago and would like to thank [owner] Jeff Vinik for entrusting me with the responsibility of leading the Tampa Bay Lightning", Yzerman said.

June 24, 2015: Yzerman wins GM of the Year Award after the Lightning finish second in the Atlantic Division with 108 points (50-24-8).



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