The surprise news today that Steve Yzerman is stepping down as general manager of the Lightning to take an advisory role with the team elicited many of the type of responses you might expect: shock, bewilderment, disappointment.
I became a fan of the Tampa Bay Lightning when I heard in 2010 that Yzerman had become GM here. I had visions of a Red Wings-like team full of Russians and underrated stars. Yzerman fulfilled all my hopes, and I wish him the best (once I get through these stages of grief).— Achariya (@tanyarezak) September 11, 2018
Yzerman stepping down as GM of the Lightning.. no... pls....... pic.twitter.com/Uu3Uiy1Rhs— Molly (@FSUmollz) September 11, 2018
Steve Yzerman leaving the @TBLightning is quite the shock. I am really sad about it, but I also think Julien BriseBois will continue the success of the Bolts. I hope so at least. I really don't want our window to close.Thank you for everything Stevie, and good luck back home!— Drew Galyardt (@DGalyardt17) September 11, 2018
But most of all, the announcement unleashed a torrent of speculation about where Yzerman might wind up next.
Everyone on Twitter reacting to the Steve Yzerman news. pic.twitter.com/nu3StzOf4T— Josh Tessler (@JoshTessler_) September 11, 2018
There has been a feeling from the day Yzerman first took over for Brian Lawton in Tampa Bay in 2010 that the former Red Wing was grooming himself to eventually replace Ken Holland as general manager in Detroit.
For some, today's news added credence to that line of thinking.
Well, this Steve Yzerman press conference hasn't made his future any clearer. pic.twitter.com/cUU5mQtlXL— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) September 11, 2018
Yzerman has one foot in Detroit. Simple. He will be their GM next year. If you deny it I can’t help you— Karlsson to Tampa ⚡️⚡️ (@brian_favia91) September 11, 2018
Yzerman going to have 1 year as an advisor in TB, then leave, sign as GM of Detroit, Wings win lottery, Stevie has #1 pick, then win several Stanley Cups.I hope the rest of the NHL enjoyed this little down period, because the dynasty is coming back. LGRW.— Tyler (@Typac69) September 11, 2018
Some Detroit fans didn't even care which team Yzerman oversees, as long as it's in the Motor City.
I look forward to Steve Yzerman being the new coach of the Detroit Lions.— Alex D (@AlexForOffice) September 11, 2018
Others imagine Yzerman running a future NHL franchise in Seattle, where former Lightning CEO Tod Leiweke is president and CEO.
Yzerman is expected to stick out the remaining year of his contract which opens him up almost perfectly for both @NHLSeattle_ AND Detroit.— Doug Mellon (@DougieMellon) September 11, 2018
Yzerman will be the GM of the Seattle NHL franchise. Unless of course he is stepping away for some personal reasons yet seen.— Jeremy (@Blunts_N_Props) September 11, 2018
Or possibly going to Toronto, where Kyle Dubas was named GM after Lou Lamoriello left the Maple Leafs for the Islanders and former Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock works.
Steve Yzerman is stepping down to come and help out with the Toronto Maple Leafs!Babcock-Yzerman together again!Just throwing it out there @MapleLeafs— That Girl (@whoulooknat) September 11, 2018
Many expressed concern about the health and welfare of Yzerman and his family.
I have no issue with whatever Yzerman decides to do at this point. I’ll just hope everything is ok health & family-wise and move on to rooting for BriseBois. He has helped this team & city tremendously and owes us nothing— Jon Crootin (@DavidB2403) September 11, 2018
Am I the only one who is concerned that this move may be because of some health problems, either with a member of Yzerman’s family or himself? I sure hope I am wrong. It just seems strange to walk away from a championship caliber team in its prime that you built.— Justin Edgington (@JustyEdgie) September 11, 2018
In all seriousness I hope it’s nothing health/family related and hope Yzerman and his family are okay.— Keith #HaskinsSzn (@KeithBoerker) September 11, 2018
I really hope there’s nothing wrong with Yzerman from a personal standpoint— N_Dew (@CaptainDewie) September 11, 2018
One didn't care for the timing of the announcement, coming so close to the start of training camp.
Way to kick your team in the collective nuts Yzerman. @TBLightning— Ross (@GeneralFirebat) September 11, 2018
Most seemed to agree that Yzerman is leaving the Lightning in great shape for successor Julien BriseBois.
I don’t think I’ll ever again have the confidence in an exec or coach that I did in Steve Yzerman. He was called a wizard and that reputation was legit. He’s left BriseBois with a hell of a team and farm system— Jon Crootin (@DavidB2403) September 11, 2018
Steve Yzerman made the Lightning relevant again and made the Lightning contenders once again. It's put them on the cusp of another Stanley Cup and it's going to happen soon. I'm excited for what's next.— Darian Somers (@StuffSomersSays) September 11, 2018
Honestly, regardless of why Yzerman is stepping down or where he may be heading, I'm not angry. He managed well during his time here, and is leaving the team in good shape. I'm disappointed, definitely, but ultimately very grateful for everything he's done for the Lightning.— Rachel Munoz (@RachelRMunoz) September 11, 2018
If the Lightning win the Cup within the next few seasons, it will largely be due to the work of Steve Yzerman. That guy killed it as GM.— JAY. (@GoonLeDouche) September 11, 2018
And this one hopes Yzerman's departure will spur the Lightning to the one thing it was unable to accomplish during the general manager's tenure.
As for Yzerman providing us with such a great team with manageable contracts is amazing so let’s go win a cup for his honor as best GM in the game #StanleyNeedsATan— Steven Stanley Cup Stamkos (@TBL_Hockey) September 11, 2018