Steve Yzerman stepping down as GM of Lightning

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Yzerman informed players of the decision Tuesday afternoon after the informal skate at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, the Athletic first reported.

In a stunning turn of events on the eve of training camp, Steve Yzerman is stepping down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning after building them into a perennial contender.

Yzerman was asked how long he'd be in this new role and possible future job changes. Yzerman's family has remained in Detroit, and he commuted during his time on the job. Then-owner Mike Ilitch reportedly wanted to move Holland to an executive role to make room for Yzerman, but Holland declined the promotion.

Before taking on an executive role, Yzerman spent his entire National Hockey League playing career from 1983 to 2006 with the Red Wings and helped Detroit win three Stanley Cups between 1997 and 2002.

Yzerman has spent the past eight seasons as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, including five playoff appearances, a trip to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final, and three consecutive Eastern Conference Final appearances in their last three playoff runs.

For years, there have always been rumors of Steve Yzerman returning to Detroit to be a general manager, but it is important to note that the current Detroit general manager Ken Holland just signed a two year contract extension with the team this offseason.

But the move has already stoked speculation that Yzerman will eventually become the Red Wings' next general manager.

The Lightning finished atop the Atlantic division last season with a record of 54-23-5 for 113 points before falling to the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference final in seven games. The other signing Lightning captain Steven Stamkos to an eight-year, $68-million deal in 2016. BriseBois had a significant role in working with the organization's prospects, as he oversaw the Lightning's American Hockey League affiliate.

BriseBois, 41, had been an assistant to Yzerman since they joined the Lightning organization in 2010.

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