Steve Yzerman reportedly stepping down as Tampa Bay Lightning GM

Report: Yzerman steps down as Bolts GM

According to multiple sources, general manager Steve Yzerman is stepping down as GM and will be moving into a senior advisory role. If Yzerman wants to come home right now, they would be out of their mind not to let Holland go and bring Yzerman on board to get the team back on the right track.

He will be replaced by assistant general manager Julien BriseBois.

The Lightning have not confirmed the news yet but have scheduled a press conference for 4 p.m. for a "major announcement" involving owner Jeff Vinik, Yzerman and BriseBois. "Again, entirely speculation. And Ken Holland has a two-year extension with the Red Wings".

Yzerman's run as Tampa's GM includes winning the General Manager of the Year Award during the 2014-15 season. Yzerman was entering the final year of his contract. TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie reports that there is an expectation that Yzerman will see out his deal.

Yzerman reportedly has one year left on his contract, and he said a desire to spend more time with his family in Detroit, where Yzerman played his entire Hall-of-Fame career and captained three Stanley Cup teams with the Red Wings, is the reason he's stepping down.

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The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team had not announced Yzerman's decision.

As for BriseBois, he's also been with the club since 2010 and has always been speculated to be in line for a GM position.

Yzerman, who was named Lightning GM on May 25, 2010, guided Tampa to the Cup Final in 2015 and watched the team fall in six games to Chicago.

A native of Greenfield Park, Que., BriseBois helped in the development of current Bolts players like Kucherov, Ondrej Palat, Yanni Gourde and Andrei Vasilevskiy.

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