GM Julien BriseBois, Lightning Agree to Contract Extension After Back-to-Back Titles

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IISeptember 28, 2021

TAMPA, FL - JULY 7: Julien BriseBois, Vice President & General Manager, Alternate Governor of the Tampa Bay Lightning hoists the Stanley Cup overhead after the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Montreal Canadiens in Game Five to win the best of seven game series 4-1 during the Stanley Cup Final of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on July 7, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Scott Audette/NHLI via Getty Images)
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have agreed on a contract extension with general manager Julien BriseBois.

"I can confirm Julien is under contract beyond this year," team owner Jeff Vinik told Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic and TSN. He added: "We have agreed upon an extension."

Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times confirmed the extension news.

The Lightning are looking to become the first team since the New York Islanders to win three consecutive Stanley Cups after taking home the title in 2020 and 2021.

The Isles ended up winning four total between 1980-1983. The only other franchises to win three straight are the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, who each did so twice. 

Montreal notably won five straight from 1956-1960 and earned another four from 1976-1979 before the Islanders' dynasty.

The 44-year-old BriseBois joined the Lightning as an assistant general manager in 2010 under ex-GM Steve Yzerman. He was promoted to GM eight years later.

As Joe Smith of The Athletic noted, BriseBois was in charge of the team's AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals.

He hired future Lightning head coach Jon Cooper to be the team's leader in the summer of that year, and the two-time Stanley Cup champion got the promotion to the NHL club at the tail end of the 2012-13 season.

The 2018-19 team, which was the first under BriseBois' command, tied the NHL record with 62 regular-season wins en route to a Presidents' Trophy.

However, the Lightning suffered a massive first-round upset at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets, who earned a four-game sweep.

Tampa Bay got the last laugh in 2020 and 2021 with Stanley Cup victories over the Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens, respectively. Tampa only faced a series-deciding Game 7 on one occasion, and that was in last year's Stanley Cup Semifinals, when the Lightning beat the Islanders 1-0.

Some of BriseBois' notable moves include adding Blake Coleman, who had 31 points for last year's Stanley Cup team before moving onto the Calgary Flames. He also added Barclay Goodrow (now a New York Ranger) and Pat Maroon to help round out the deep and talented Lightning roster.

This year's Lightning team will begin its quest for a three-peat on Oct. 12 at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins.