Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 10/27/11

Peter Laviolette has had to make some tough decisions in the past few games regarding which rookie center to play on the 3rd line: Brayden Schenn or Sean Couturier.

His decision just got a lot easier.

The 20-year-old Schenn suffered a broken left foot in last night’s embarrassing 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens to add injury to insult. Schenn will likely miss 2-3 weeks, although general manager Paul Holmgren did not disclose the amount of time the rookie will miss, according to csnphilly.com reports.

It hasn’t been the start the vaunted prospect wanted, as he was minus 5 with no points scored in four games with the Flyers this season. He fared better with the Phantoms (8 points in 4 games), and may find himself on the Adirondack roster when he returns from his foot injury hopefully sometime in mid-November.

To account for Schenn being out of the lineup and the poor play of defenseman Matt Walker last night, the Flyers have called up defensemen Oscars Bartulis and 4th line forward Zac Rinaldo. Walker will presumably be reassigned to Adirondack, as he does not have to clear waivers if he’s sent down before November 4th. Walker also has a big cap hit of $1.7 million, so it’s clearly the most logical move for the club.

The Flyers were set to make a decision on whether or not to keep Sean Couturier on the roster past 9 games, because once he plays 10 he can not be removed from the Flyers roster at any point this season. Couturier was likely to stay, but with the news of Schenn's injury breaking, it would be a complete shock if Couturier doesn't spend his season with the Flyers.

C.J. Burns is the Fyers beat writer for Buzz on Broad. You can find him on Twitter @CJBurns215

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