Yzerman committed to Lightning this season

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Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik announced that Steve Yzerman is moving on to a new role in the organization with longtime assistant Julien BriseBois taking over as general manager.

To cap off a busy day in the National Hockey League, which saw the Boston Bruins trade Adam McQuaid to the New York Rangers, Steve Yzerman unexpectedly has stepped down as the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Although Yzerman remains "100 percent committed" to his role for the upcoming campaign, it remains to be seen how much longer he'll hang around with the Lightning. BriseBois has been Yzerman's right-hand man and assistant GM since they came to Tampa Bay in 2010.

Yzerman said the decision will allow him to spend more time with his family.

With Yzerman now available to be a general manager, there will be no shortage of teams around the league who will easily cut ties with whoever they have in order to bring him on board, but it sounds like there's only one team on Yzerman's mind.

Yzerman accepted the Lightning job shortly thereafter.

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Yzerman will assume an advisory role while Julien BriseBois takes over the general manager post. The Lightning are considered one of the favorites to hoist the Stanley Cup this season. The team has reached the conference final three times and the Stanley Cup final once during his tenure.

"It will be business as usual for the Tampa Bay Lightning", BriseBois said.

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.

"We're going to play this year, and after that, I don't know", Yzerman said. But Holland signed a two-year extension with the Wings at the end of last season.

Yzerman, 53, was first connected to the Red Wings' GM job when he worked in the team's front office from 2006-2010. Yzerman still has a year left on his contract with the Lightning.

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