Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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ST. LOUIS Blues defenseman Barret Jackman had an idea late Saturday night that the NHL lockout might soon be ending. He couldn't fall back asleep when the news became official early Sunday morning. Communicating with players involved in the negotiations in New York, Jackman went to bed thinking things were close. When the deal was finally reached somewhere around 4:30 a.m. St. Louis time, the longest-tenured Blue received one of the happiest wakeup calls of his life. "It's been a long time coming," Jackman said. "There have been a lot of anxious fans waiting around to hear the news and get rid of the business side and be able to drop the puck and play some hockey finally. "I had a little bit of a sense of what was going to happen before I went to sleep but I was definitely woken up in the middle of the night and was not able to go back to bed with the excitement that we were finally able to play some hockey." Training camp won't officially open until this weekend but that didn'...
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