According to a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman is stepping down from his position with the organization.
There is word that Steve Yzerman is stepping down in TB, and Julien Brisebois will take over. More to come
Yzerman told players today of the move
More to come on this story as it develops.
UPDATE: Lightning insider Joe Smith has also confirmed the news and has also confirmed that Yzerman will remain with the Lightning organization in an advisory role.
BREAKING: Steve Yzerman told #TBLightning players in a meeting today he’s stepping aside as GM to be in advisory role, per source. BriseBois taking over as GM.
The news has yet to be confirmed by the Lightning organization, but just about every major media outlet has confirmed the developments.
Yzerman, 53 years old, has been the GM of the Ligning since May, 2010. After a brief executive career with the Detroit Red Wings following his illustrious Hall of Fame playing career, Yzerman began an aggressive rebuild of the Lightning franchise. One that has culminated in the team becoming a perennial Stanley Cup contender. Yzerman has been nominated for the NHL's General Manager of the Year Award twice, losing out to former Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis in 2011 and winning the award in 2015. Under his guidance the Lightning have added players like Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Ondrej Palat, Mikhail Sergachev, Ben Bishop, Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller either by draft or by trade. Yzerman is responsible for locking up superstars like Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and Victor Hedman to long-term deals at team friendly discounts.
Suffice it to say, Yzerman has done one HELL of a job during his time in Tampa Bay. The one thing he has failed to deliver however, is a Stanley Cup championship. The Bolts got all the way to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015, but bowed out to the Chicago Blackhawks. Just this past Spring, the Bolts were once again on the verge of another Cup Final, but a Game 7 Eastern Conference Final loss to the Washington Capitals dashed their hopes for at least another season.
Yzerman was also named general manager of Canada's Olympic gold medal winning squad at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.