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Yzerman mum on his future; Wings rumors abound

Yzerman mum on his future; Wings rumors abound
Published On: Wed, Sep 12
Apr 17, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) skates with the puck during the first period in game three of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Joe Louis Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The rumor mill just got fired up to maximum level. And ita€™ll be churning for quite some time.

Steve Yzerman, the Hall of Famer and former Red Wings captain, on Tuesday stepped down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning after eight seasonsA a€”A a staggering development with training camps set to open around the NHLA a€” spurring speculation he could return to the organization he led to three Stanley Cup championships over 22 seasons.

a€œThis change is important for me, which will allow me to spend more time with my family,a€ Yzerman said at Tuesdaya€™s press conference in Tampa, Florida, inA announcing the move.

Yzerman told players in a meeting he was returning to Detroit, according to several news reports. Yzerman has never sold his home in the MetroA Detroit area, with Yzerman commuting regularly. So ita€™s unclear whether that meant returning to Detroit to liveA or someday rejoining the Wings organization.

With his wife and three daughters a€”A all of whom are now in college a€”A still in Michigan, Yzerman appeared determined to cut down on his travel.

Yzerman said he reflected on his situation the last couple of summers, and prior to meeting with owner Jeff Vinik in July about a new contract, Yzerman decided he wanted to step aside as GM.

Yzermana€™s assistant, Julien BriseBois, was promoted toA general manager.

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