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.
After being through it and seeing the other [outdoor] games on TV, just the atmosphere is spectacular. To stand here -- and we are essentially almost on the blue line -- and look up [into the stands] and knowing it is going to be packed and playing our biggest rival in this setting is going to be pretty special.
— Bruins president Cam Neely on the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic between Boston and Montreal at Gillette Stadium on
Jan. 1, 2016