For Steve Jefferson, the news that David Frost yesterday resigned as a player agent brought relief and frustration.
"It tells me the wheels are starting to turn, but it's really a very small beginning," Jefferson, the father of Mike Danton, said.
"I can't believe (Frost) has done this on his own. Someone has pushed him. I think he should never have been a certified agent in the first place."
Frost's certification with the NHL Players' Association went under a bigger microscope last week following a report by the CBC's The Fifth Estate. In it, the CBC detailed further Frost's relationship with Danton, who is serving 7 1/2 years in a New Jersey prison for plotting to have Frost killed.
The day after the show, Jefferson was charged with criminal harassment for phone messages he allegedly left for Frost.
Frost initially told The Toronto Sun yesterday he had no comment but couldn't stop himself from making one anyway, claiming his resignation was old news.
"(The resignation) is not because I'm up against anything," Frost said. "I did it a year ago anyway, and that's the only comment I have. Ask the PA. They'll tell you."
Not true, the NHLPA said.
"Frost's status up until yesterday was he was certified," Ian Penny, NHLPA associate counsel, said in a statement.
Frost tendered his letter of resignation Monday afternoon.
Frost's close relationship with former NHLPA head Bob Goodenow has been well-documented. At one point years ago, Frost coached Joe Goodenow, Bob's son.
NHL agents were glad to learn Frost resigned.
"I'm very pleased David Frost is no longer a certified agent," Anton Thun said.