Steve Yzerman will step down as Lightning general manager

Steve Yzerman is entering the final year of his contract with the Lightning. More

According to multiple sources, general manager Steve Yzerman is stepping down as GM and will be moving into a senior advisory role.

BriseBois, 41, has been with the club since 2010 and, besides serving as Yzerman's assistant, has also been general manager of their American Hockey League affiliate Syracuse Crunch.

Under Yzerman, Tampa Bay made it to its conference final three times and the Stanley Cup final once.

Vinik told The Athletic in May he was hopeful and optimistic.

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The 2018-19 Lightning carry high expectations; they are believed to be one of the preseason favorites in the Eastern Conference and once again a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.

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

During the 2014-15 campaign, Tampa reached the 50-win plateau for the first time and set a new record with 32 home victories. Detroit extended longtime GM Ken Holland, 62, for two more seasons in April, despite the team missing the playoffs for a second straight season, and he's going into his 22nd year on the job. The Lightning was hoping to sign Yzerman to a contract extension until Tuesday's stunning news. The Hall of Famer joined the Red Wings front office, leaving in 2010 for the Lighting GM job.

With how Detroit sports, especially the Red Wings, taking a serious dip over the last few years, bringing back a local legend in Yzerman who just so happens the consensus best general manager in the league is bound to bring back interest in a team that has a bleak future on paper. I suspect that Yzerman plays out his contract with Tampa as an advisor, Holland steps down in Detroit next offseason, therefor clearing the path for Yzerman to take over.

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