Detroit Red Wings fans have been pining to see their former long-time captain Steve Yzerman return to the Detroit Red Wings and take over for the maligned Ken Holland as general manager for years now.
Could this be the first step in making that happen?
Muliple reports have indicated that Yzerman informed the Tampa Bay Lightning that he'll be stepping down as general manager, a position he's held in Tampa Bay since 2010. This is the last year of his contract with the Lightning, and he'll reportedly be staying with the organization through this year as an advisor. Assistant GM Julien BriseBois is expected to take over.
BREAKING: Steve Yzerman told #TBLightning players in a meeting today he’s stepping aside as GM to be in advisory role, per source. BriseBois taking over as GM.
— Joe Smith (@JoeSmithNHL) September 11, 2018
Furthermore, Detroit Free Press writer Helene St. James tweeted news that will be music to Detroit fans' ears:
Pertaining to @JoeSmithTB report of Steve Yzerman stepping down as GM in Tampa Bay, source tells Free Press Yzerman told Lightning players he was going home to Detroit. Has maintained area home while GM of Tampa Bay Lightning.
— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) September 11, 2018
The Lightning have yet to officially announce the news, but they've scheduled a press conference at 4 p.m. for a “major announcement”.
Yzerman has been highly successful as general manager of the Lightning, as they've appeared in four Eastern Conference Finals as well as the Stanley Cup Finals in 2015, losing to Chicago.