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.
This is a great day for me. This is something I've been thinking about for a long time. This is a great opportunity that the St. Louis Blues organization, (owner) Tom Stillman and Doug Armstrong are giving me and trusting me in doing...This is going to be a great challenge for me.
— Martin Brodeur, after announcing his retirement as an NHL player and becoming a senior adviser with the Blues on Thursday