Steve Yzerman to step down as Lightning GM, report says

Report: Yzerman steps down as Bolts GM

Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik announced that Yzerman is moving on to a new role in the organization with longtime assistant Julien BriseBois taking over as general manager.

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.

The team has yet to confirm the news but has scheduled a press conference for a "major announcement" Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

"I feel this change in role is important for me to allow me to spend more time with my family and to still make sure the Lightning is managed to the level everyone has come to expect", Yzerman said Tuesday.

In his eight seasons at the helm of the team, the Lightning have made the postseason on five occasions, winning nine rounds. The Bolts lost the 2015 Stanley Cup Final to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games. One was a controversial trade of captain Marty St. Louis to the Rangers in 2014.

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In the salary cap era, perhaps better than anyone, he's excelled at retaining top talent, such as captain Steven Stamkos, winger Nikita Kucherov and defenseman Victor Hedman, with team-friendly long-term deals.

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Yzerman will remain with the organization through this season, the final year of his contract.

Yzerman played his entire career with the Red Wings, retiring in 2006 after 22 seasons. Internationally, Yzerman was a member of Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Yzerman has been Tampa's GM since 2010.

BriseBois, 41, has been with the club since 2010 and acted as the general manager of their American Hockey League affiliate Syracuse Crunch, who reached the Calder Cup Final on three occasions under BriseBois.

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