Steve Yzerman to step down as Tampa Bay Lightning general manager

But Holland could bring on Yzerman in another role.

Steve Yzerman's surprising decision on Tuesday to step down as general manager of the Lightning, as reported by The Athletic, comes with an interesting motive. 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.

Yzerman has been one of the most successful general managers in the league since taking over in 2010, leading the Lightning to the conference final in three of the past four seasons.

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. Yzerman told the Lightning players that he's "going home to Detroit", according to Helene St. James of the Free Press.

April 7, 2014: Yzerman signs four-year contract extension with Lightning that runs through 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.

Regardless, this is a pretty stunning development in the hockey world given how well Yzerman has done in building a contender in Tampa.

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. He has also held management roles with Hockey Canada.

The plan is the 41-year-old BriseBois who had been an assistant to Yzerman since they joined the Lightning in 2010.

"We felt it was important to let everyone know what we were doing, end any potential speculation", Yzerman said.

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