Steve Yzerman stepping down as Lightning GM

NHL News Steve Yzerman will step down as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Julian Brise Bois will take over as team GM

BriseBois has been Tampa Bay's assistant GM for the past eight years and he's been with the organization since 2001, long touted as an up-and-comer in front-office circles. 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.

Yzerman, 53, was hired by the Lightning as GM in 2010 and has one year remaining on his contract with Tampa Bay. He has always been considered a future National Hockey League general manager. 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.

Some are wondering whether Yzerman has his eyes on a job with the Detroit Red Wings, the team he spent his entire Hall of Fame playing career with from 1983-2006.

But the move has already stoked speculation that Yzerman will eventually become the Red Wings' next general manager. Yzerman then went to Tampa Bay and took over the team as general manager.

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Yzerman has been highly successful as general manager of the Lightning, as they've appeared in four Eastern Conference Finals as well as the Stanley Cup Finals in 2015, losing to Chicago.

The stunning turn of events comes days before the Lightning open training camp following a trip to the Eastern Conference final. Most recently, Yzerman made the blockbuster acquisition of Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh at February's trade deadline and inked Nitkita Kucherov to an eight-year, $76 million extension in July. He has also held management roles with Hockey Canada.

April 20, 2011: Yzerman is named finalist for GM of the Year Award after Lightning finish with 103 points (46-25-11), second in Southeast Division.

Yzerman said he plans to serve as senior adviser for at least a year, but when asked about his plans beyond that, he said he doesn't know, according to The Athletic's Joe Smith.

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