Good news, Wings fans — Steve Yzerman is back on the job market.
The Associated Press reports:
Steve Yzerman is stepping down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning and will be replaced immediately by assistant Julien BriseBois, a person with knowledge of the move told AP on Tuesday.
The stunning turn of events comes days before the Lightning open training camp following a trip to the Eastern Conference final. Yzerman, 53, spent the past eight seasons as Tampa Bay’s GM, a tenure that included four playoff appearances and a trip to the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team had not announced Yzerman’s decision. The Lightning were expected to hold a news conference later Tuesday.
The unexpected news may spark hopes in hockey fans here that Yzerman could eventually come “home,” so to speak, to Detroit, where he led the Red Wings to three Stanley Cup championships, in 1997, 1998 and 2002. The story goes on to note that current Wings GM Ken Holland just signed a two-year extension. Stay tuned.