No one in the hockey world saw this coming. The Tampa Bay Lightning was keen to re-sign Steve Yzerman to an extension before his current contract expires next summer, instead on Tuesday the GM has resigned and left his position to Julien BriseBois.
BriseBois got his start in hockey with the Montreal Canadiens during the 2001-02 season as their director of legal affairs. The Habs and their desperate fan base will have to forget BriseBois as the potential saviour that could have replaced GM Marc Bergevin…
Yzerman intends to remain with the organization as a special adviser, however, it was believed earlier today that he wishes to return to Detroit to spend more time with his family, which certainly sparked speculations on a potential association with the Red Wings. However, Yzerman confirmed first thing in his press conference that he is excited about his new advising role, since it means he will get to spend more time with his family. The poor man has been commuting from Detroit to Tampa Bay since taking the job in Florida.
“This change is important for me, which will allow me to spend more time with my family.” He said of Julien, “Is more than ready and deserves the opportunity. Done an outstanding job.”
“Over the course of the last couple of years, there have been moments to contemplate, over this summer, I had some time to think… and in late July, I decided this is what I want to do”