Travis Yost: "If you had a short list of sharpest guys not in GM role, BriseBois probably at the top".
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. He began his front office career as vice-president of hockey operations under GM Ken Holland in Detroit and was part of a Cup victor in 2008 before getting the head job with the Lightning.
Following a very successful 22-season career on the ice, all with the Detroit Red Wings, Yzerman became Tampa Bay's GM in 2010.
The Lightning have not confirmed the news yet but have scheduled a press conference for 4 p.m. for a "major announcement" involving owner Jeff Vinik, Yzerman and BriseBois. It was widely believed that he'd be in line for a general manager job soon - just not this soon, and not in Tampa. 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. I suspect that Yzerman plays out his contract with Tampa as an advisor, Holland steps down in Detroit next offseason, therefor clearing the path for Yzerman to take over. "We wanted to get it done before training camp". The Lightning were expected to hold a news conference later Tuesday.
Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman skates off with the Stanley Cup after they swept the Philadelphia Flyers in four games Saturday, June 7, 1997, in Detroit.