Steve Yzerman stepping down as Lightning general manager

Steve Yzerman is entering the final year of his contract with the Lightning. More

Steve Yzerman is entering the final year of his contract with the Lightning. More

Steve Yzerman has stepped down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team announced Tuesday.

Former Red Wings GM Jimmy Devellano, who current serves as the team's senior vice-president, said on Tuesday he was totally surprised by Yzerman's decision to abandon his post in Tampa Bay.

Inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009, Yzerman, 53, became Lightning general manager in May of 2010.

The Lightning are coming off a franchise-best 113-point regular season and Game 7 loss in the Eastern Conference final to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. The Lightning are considered one of the favorites to hoist the Stanley Cup this season. BriseBois has been Tampa Bay's assistant GM for the past eight years and he's been with the organization since 2001, long touted as an up-and-comer in front-office circles.

As a player, Yzerman spent 22 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, retiring in 2006. Yzerman won the NHL's General Manager of the Year Award in 2015 after the team went to the Cup final and lost to the Chicago Blackhawks. But Holland could bring on Yzerman in another role. 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.

"We're going to play this year, and after that, I don't know", Yzerman said. For eight years, he commuted between there and Tampa, and while he was able to still do his job effectively, Yzerman said that when he and owner Jeff Vinik started to discuss extending his contract, continuing to be apart from his wife and three daughters weighed on him.

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