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Yzerman tenure with Lightning highlighted by trip to Cup Final in 2015

Retaining Stamkos also among accomplishments for Hockey Hall of Famer who resigned as GM

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / Deputy Managing Editor

Steve Yzerman resigned as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, the same week they are scheduled to open training camp. A Hall of Fame forward with the Detroit Red Wings, Yzerman, 53, will remain with the Lightning in an advisory role with assistant Julien BriseBois taking over as GM.

The Lightning reached the Eastern Conference Final in three of the past four seasons and reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2015.

Here's a timeline featuring the highlights of Yzerman's tenure as Lightning GM:


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May 25, 2010: Yzerman is named Lightning vice president and general manager.

June 11, 2010: Lightning name Guy Boucher coach.

April 20, 2011: Yzerman is named finalist for GM of the Year Award after Lightning finish with 103 points (46-25-11), second in Southeast Division.

May 2011: The Lightning reach the Eastern Conference Final in Yzerman's first season as general manager. They lose to the Boston Bruins in seven games.

June 25, 2011: The Lightning select forward Nikita Kucherov in the second round (No. 58) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

June 22, 2012: The Lightning select goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy in the first round (No. 19) of the 2012 NHL Draft.

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March 24, 2013: Guy Boucher is fired as Lightning coach following a 13-17-1 start to the shortened season.

March 25, 2013: Jon Cooper is hired as Lightning coach.

March 5, 2014: The Lightning trade captain Martin St. Louis to the New York Rangers for forward Ryan Callahan, a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft and a conditional second-round pick.

April 7, 2014: Yzerman signs four-year contract extension with Lightning that runs through 2018-19 season.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue the process we started four years ago and would like to thank [owner] Jeff Vinik for entrusting me with the responsibility of leading the Tampa Bay Lightning," Yzerman said. "I'm very excited about what lies ahead for our organization and truly enjoy working with a fantastic group of people in Tampa Bay."

May 29, 2015: The Lightning reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2004 with a 2-0 win against the New York Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. Tampa Bay loses the Final to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

June 24, 2015: Yzerman wins GM of the Year Award after the Lightning finish second in the Atlantic Division with 108 points (50-24-8).

June 29, 2016: Yzerman convinces franchise player and captain Steven Stamkos to stay with the Lightning. The pending unrestricted free agent forward signs an eight-year, $68 million contract.

June 15, 2017: Forward Jonathan Drouin is traded to the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Mikhail Sergachev.

Feb 26, 2018: The Lightning acquire defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller from the New York Rangers for forward Vladimir Namestnikov, defenseman Libor Hajek, forward Brett Howden, a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and a conditional second-round pick in 2019.

May 16, 2018: Yzerman is nominated for GM of the Year after the Lightning finish first in the Eastern Conference with 113 points (54-23-5).

Sept. 11, 2018: Yzerman resigns as Lightning general manager.

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