Published: Wed, September 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Steve Yzerman stepping down as Tampa Bay Lightning general manager

Steve Yzerman stepping down as Tampa Bay Lightning general manager

Inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009, Yzerman, 53, became Lightning general manager in May of 2010.

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. "He is more than ready". He is considered to easily be one of, if not the best general manager in the entire league with how he turned the Lightning around from basement dweller to a Stanley Cup contender year after year.

Instead, BriseBois takes over a team that should contend for years to come. "I'm very excited about what lies ahead for our organization and truly enjoy working with a fantastic group of people in Tampa Bay". The Bolts lost the 2015 Stanley Cup Final to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

Tampa Bay is again one of the Cup favourites based on Yzerman's stellar record of drafting, developing and acquiring players. The other signing Lightning captain Steven Stamkos to an eight-year, $68-million deal in 2016. 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. He's widely regarded as a strong hockey mind and joined Tampa Bay in 2010 when he was hired from the Montreal Canadiens.

For years, there have always been rumors of Steve Yzerman returning to Detroit to be a general manager, but it is important to note that the current Detroit general manager Ken Holland just signed a two year contract extension with the team this offseason. He leaves disappointed that didn't happen and hopeful it will under BriseBois. "We wanted to get it done before training camp". "So hopefully it's this year".

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