Yzerman to step back from Lightning GM role, report says

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He told them he'd be in an advisory role for the final year of his contract, with assistant GM Julien BriseBois taking over as GM. The Lightning was hoping to sign Yzerman to a contract extension until Tuesday's stunning news.

Steve Yzerman is stepping away from his role as the Tampa Bay Lightning general manager, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Muliple reports have indicated that Yzerman informed the Tampa Bay Lightning that he'll be stepping down as general manager, a position he's held in Tampa Bay since 2010. Yzerman's family has remained in Detroit, and he commuted during his time on the job.

Yzerman played his entire career with the Red Wings, retiring in 2006 after 22 seasons.

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Yzerman had signed a four-year extension with Tampa Bay on April 7, 2014, which ran through the 2018-19 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. Detroit is in rebuilding mode, while Tampa Bay has become a perennial contender and will again be a championship favorite this season. The team has reached the conference final three times and the Stanley Cup final once during his tenure. The Lightning lost to the Washington Capitals, the eventual Stanley Cup champions, in the Eastern Conference final.

In the salary cap era, perhaps better than anyone, he's excelled at retaining top talent, such as captain Steven Stamkos, winger Nikita Kucherov and defenseman Victor Hedman, with team-friendly long-term deals. BriseBois had a significant role in working with the organization's prospects, as he oversaw the Lightning's American Hockey League affiliate.

Yzerman said he plans to serve as senior adviser for at least a year, but when asked about his plans beyond that, he said he doesn't know, according to The Athletic's Joe Smith.

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