Yzerman committed to Lightning this season

Doug Mendoza
September 12, 2018

Detroit Red Wings fans have been pining to see their former long-time captain Steve Yzerman return to the Detroit Red Wings and take over for the maligned Ken Holland as general manager for years now.

Julien BriseBois, general manager of the AHL's Syracuse Crunch and the Lightning's assistant general manager, will become the Lightning's GM, the team said Tuesday.

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

Yzerman has served as the club's general manager (and VP) since 2010, becoming one of the most successful and well-respected executives in the league.

With Yzerman now available to be a general manager, there will be no shortage of teams around the league who will easily cut ties with whoever they have in order to bring him on board, but it sounds like there's only one team on Yzerman's mind.

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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.

Yzerman said he was "100 percent committed" to the Lightning this season. "Steve has been a terrific general manager and a great mentor to me - I look forward to our continued work together, only with different titles next to our names".

"We felt it was important to let everyone know what we were doing, end any potential speculation", Yzerman said. He also traded for J.T. Miller and Ryan McDonagh at last year's trade deadline and got Nikita Kucherov signed to an extension this summer.

Some are wondering whether Yzerman has his eyes on a job with the Detroit Red Wings, the team he spent his entire Hall of Fame playing career with from 1983-2006. He began his front-office career as vice-president of hockey operations under GM Ken Holland in Detroit and was part of a Cup victor in 2008 before getting the head job with the Lightning.

Yzerman had signed a four-year extension with Tampa Bay on April 7, 2014, which ran through the 2018-19 season.

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