Steve Yzerman will step down as Lightning general manager

Kristopher Nichols
September 12, 2018

In a pre-training camp shocker, Steve Yzerman is leaving his post as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, according to reports.

Yzerman has been highly successful as general manager of the Lightning, as they've appeared in four Eastern Conference Finals as well as the Stanley Cup Finals in 2015, losing to Chicago. For a number of years, he has been considered a future National Hockey League general manager and takes over a team that should contend for years to come.

April 20, 2011: Yzerman is named finalist for GM of the Year Award after Lightning finish with 103 points (46-25-11), second in Southeast Division.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning's front office will look a little different this season. 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.

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In 2010, the plan was for Yzerman to take over as Red Wings GM for Ken Holland, but when Holland was offered a promotion away from day to day operations, he refused to budge.

That, coupled with Red Wings' GM Ken Holland inking a two-year extension last spring, will start the rumor mill that Yzerman could return to the organization where he spent all 22 seasons of his National Hockey League career.

Holland signed a two-year contract extension at the end of last season to stay on as Red Wings GM.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue the process we started four years ago and would like to thank [owner] Jeff Vinik for entrusting me with the responsibility of leading the Tampa Bay Lightning", Yzerman said. Yzerman has also won Olympic gold medals in 2010 and 2014 as Canada's GM. Detroit is in rebuilding mode, while Tampa Bay has become a perennial contender and will again be a championship favorite this season. "So hopefully it's this year".

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