Yzerman Stepping Down as Lightning GM

by | Sep 11, 2018 | News, NHL, Rumors | 10 comments

Various sources today report Steve Yzerman is stepping down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. He will be replaced by assistant GM Julien BriseBois. He intends to remain with the organization as a special adviser. It’s believed he wishes to return to Detroit to spend more time with his family.

Steve Yzerman steps down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Photo via NHL.com)

Yzerman’s decision comes on the eve of training camp. A press conference has been called by the Lightning for 4 pm ET today.

 

 

 

 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No one in the hockey world saw this coming. Indeed, the Lightning were keen to re-sign Yzerman to an extension before his current contract expires next summer.

While the skeptical might see the notion of him returning to Detroit to spend more time with his family as a well-worn cliche to hide ulterior motives, it appears this isn’t the case. Yzerman wouldn’t leave what he’s built in Tampa Bay unless it’s for a very good reason and there’s none better than family.

His return to Detroit has of course sparked speculation that he could join the Red Wings but the earliest that might happen is when his contract with the Lightning expires next summer. Bear in mind Ken Holland signed a two-year contract extension as Red Wings GM earlier this year. Maybe Yzerman joins them as assistant GM next summer and takes over for Holland in 2020. Maybe not.

BriseBois’ promotion means Montreal Canadiens fans can scratch him off their list of possible replacements for Habs GM Marc Bergevin. The LIghtning blog Raw Charge examines what the club can expect with BriseBois in the GM role. 

 








10 Comments

  1. I am hoping this means Yzerman will join the Wings at some point but not as a GM. I hope he comes on board similar to Shanahan in Toronto where he takes a year to see state of franchise then start making management moves. This way Holland completes his contract and can stay as Yzerman sees fit or move on to Seattle as some think he might. Time will tell but agree probably won’t know anything till next summer.

    • You might know sooner than that – like this December when they announce the Seattle expansion and Yzerman is named VP of operations.

      • Yzerman won’t be working for the new Seattle team. Ken Holland might but not Stevie.

      • George O Yeah like Yzerman would leave Tampa for the new Seattle job, There’s no way Yzerman would travel 2,000 miles further west to Seattle when he said that he plans on living full time in Detroit from now on.He’s taking the GM job in Detroit that’s pretty clear.

  2. Julien BriseBois , another solid hockey person that bolted from the Habs

  3. CLASS ACT ALL THE WAY

  4. He only now realized his family didn’t live in TB?

    There was most likely either a trigger point in his personal life that isn’t any of our business OR he went to Vinik asking to leave for a Red Wings job only to be told he had to fulfill his contract.

    If he’s the next GM of the Wings a minute after his contract expires next year, we’ll have our answer.

    • Most likely he told them he wasn’t interested in an extension, they then worked out this arrangement.

      • This was pretty much the understanding in Tampa.

  5. “There was most likely either a trigger point in his personal life that isn’t any of our business OR he went to Vinik asking to leave for a Red Wings job only to be told he had to fulfill his contract.”

    Or he’s in the last year of his contract and has told them he won’t be re-signing so they brought in new blood because there’s little reason to have a GM in place who has one foot out the door already.