12 September, 2018
Julien Brisebois, previously an assistant GM, will assume the general manager duties, according to The Athletic.
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. He has always been considered a future National Hockey League general manager.
"This change is important for me, which will allow me to spend more time with my family", said Yzerman, who added he came to this decision in July.
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A source told the Detroit Free Press that Yzerman told Lightning players in the meeting that he was going home to Detroit, the city where he was made a legend and still lives during the offseason. But Holland signed a two-year extension with the Wings at the end of last season. Detroit is in rebuilding mode, while Tampa Bay has become a perennial contender and will again be a championship favorite this season.
Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman gestures during a news conference before an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Tampa, Fla., on February 26, 2018. Yzerman, 53, spent the past eight seasons as Tampa Bay's GM, a tenure that included four playoff appearances and a trip to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. He promoted Jon Cooper to head coach in 2013, re-signed captain Steven Stamkos and locked up defenceman Victor Hedman to a long-term deal in 2016, traded for J.T. Miller and Ryan McDonagh at last year's trade deadline and got Nikita Kucherov signed to an extension this summer. BriseBois had a significant role in working with the organization's prospects, as he oversaw the Lightning's American Hockey League affiliate. Yzerman is expected to stay in the organization as an advisor to the GM.