Barber leaves Lightning management team

Former NHL forward Bill Barber tendered his resignation Wednesday as the Tampa Bay Lightning's director of player personnel, but will remain in the role until Tuesday.

Recent travel took toll on NHL team's director of player personnel

All smiles at the recent NHL draft, Bill Barber knew his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning was running out.

On Wednesday, the former NHL forward tendered his resignation as the team's director of player personnel. Barber will stay in the role until Tuesday.

"It hasn't been a secret to anyone in the organization that the travel these past few years has taken a bit of a toll on me," Barber, who joined the Lightning before the 2002-03 season, said in a statement.

"I would like to spend some quality time with my family. They deserve that."

Barber's decision didn't surprise Tampa Bay general manager Jay Feaster.

"Billy told me at the end of the season that he needed time to reflect on whether he wanted to continue in his role," said Feaster. "He then sat down with me at the draft in Ottawa and told me he was resigning so he could spend more time with his children and grandchildren.

"He is a friend and will be deeply missed by this organization."

A Hall of Famer, Barber helped the Lightning capture the Stanley Cup in 2004. He spent 18 years as a coach and scout with Philadelphia following a 12-year NHL playing career, all with the Flyers.

Barber collected 420 goals and 883 points in 903 regular-season games with the Flyers, who won two Stanley Cups during his time with the team.