Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman stepping down

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Steve Yzerman is stepping away from his role as the Tampa Bay Lightning general manager, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Yzerman says he's becoming a senior adviser to BriseBois and the remainder of the front office.

This morning at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, about two dozen Lightning players worked out on their own in preparation for Thursday's first day of training camp.

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Yzerman let players know in a meeting today that he'll be leaving the GM post but will be staying with the team as an advisor. 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 details surrounding why exactly Yzerman is stepping down remain a mystery, though there's no shortage of speculation already.

Regardless, this is a pretty stunning development in the hockey world given how well Yzerman has done in building a contender in Tampa. For a number of years, he has been considered a future National Hockey League general manager and takes over a team that should contend for years to come. He previously served as the vice president and alternate governor of the Detroit Red Wings.

Of course, Yzerman is best known for his Hall of Fame career with the Red Wings. The Lightning are considered one of the favorites to hoist the Stanley Cup this season. He still has one year left on his contract with the Lightning, and he accepted an advisory role with the team after resigning as GM.

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