TORONTO — Did he or didn't he? Will he or won't he?
Canes rookie defenseman Justin Faulk said today he did not have the answer to either of two questions: did he score his first NHL goal Friday against the Winnipeg Jets, and will he play for Team USA in the upcoming 2012 World Junior Championship?
Faulk was credited with the goal but said the puck might have been tipped by Pat Dwyer or Jiri Tlusty. But Canes' media relation manager Kyle Hanlin soon ended the suspense: the puck was touched by Jets defenseman Johnny Oduya and the goal officially given to Faulk.
"Obviously it's pretty exciting to get the first one and get it out of the way," Faulk said. "It should give me a little confidence boost there. It's nice."
So much for that. As for the World Junior, Faulk said he has spoken with Ron Francis, the Canes' director of hockey operations about the team allowing him to compete again for Team USA -- Faulk was on the U.S. team last year and has participated in the U.S. National Team De...