Bylsma says doctors decided the operation "would be a better avenue for recovery, a quicker recovery." Martin injured his hand while playing for the United States in the quarterfinal round of the Sochi Olympics and is out for four to six weeks.
Bylsma announced the surgery after Pittsburgh practiced at Soldier Field on Friday in preparation for Saturday night's game against Chicago.
Bylsma also says defenceman Kris Letang got on the ice for the family skate after practice. Letang is recovering from a stroke, and it's unclear when he will be able to return.
There's no discouragement in that room. There's no issues there at all to be honest with you. It's more about, 'Hey, it's opportunities for players.' And if we become that bad of a team because of one player, it's not a real good sign for our hockey club. So this is part of sports. It's part of hockey.
— Bruins coach Claude Julien on the loss of Zdeno Chara to injury