Yzerman Reportedly "Going Home To Detroit" After Stepping Down As Lightning GM

Yzerman Reportedly

Julien BriseBois, who is the general manager of the AHL's Syracuse Crunch and the Lightning's assistant GM, will fill the position, the team announced Tuesday.

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.

May 2011: The Lightning reach the Eastern Conference Final in Yzerman's first season as general manager. Yzerman said the role will allow him to spend more time with his family.

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Steve Yzerman stepped down from his current role as the Lightning's GM in a surprise move Tuesday.

"With some time to reflect, to do the job the way it needs to be done - the way I feel it needs to be done - and ultimately to be with my family as well, it's becoming hard to do, hence the decision", Yzerman told reporters at a press conference in Tampa.

As a player, Yzerman spent 22 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, retiring in 2006. Detroit is in rebuilding mode, while Tampa Bay has become a perennial contender and will again be a championship favorite this season.

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The Detroit team in April extended General Manager Ken Holland's contract for two years.

Yzerman won the NHL's General Manager of the Year Award in 2015 after the team went to the Cup final and lost to the Chicago Blackhawks. 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.

The Lightning finished atop the Atlantic division last season with a record of 54-23-5 for 113 points before falling to the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference final in seven games. He has also held management roles with Hockey Canada.

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"We felt it was important to let everyone know what we were doing, end any potential speculation", Yzerman said. Yzerman is expected to stay in the organization as an advisor to the GM.