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STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

Mike Danton's wild appetite for sex -- and Dave Frost's inability to distance himself from Danton's private life -- may be part of the reason the former St. Louis Blues player attempted to have his agent killed and wound up imprisoned because of it.

Frost's apparent preoccupation with Danton's sex life is among the many new revelations in the twisted story of Frost and Danton that will be examined tomorrow night on the CBC news program, the fifth estate.

The program originally was to be an encore presentation of the December program that included taped phone conversations between Frost and the imprisoned Danton.

But what the CBC discovered, as others have found out, is that an investigation into Frost never really ends. There is always another story to tell, another twist. You pick up one rock and all you find is more dirt.

The response to the original airing of the fifth estate's hour-long examination of Frost was so extreme that an editorial determination was made to further examine how and why an NHL player wanted his agent dead and wound up imprisoned because of it.

Danton, 25, was sentenced in 2004 to 7 1/2 years after pleading guilty to murder conspiracy charges.

"We wanted to see if we could learn more," Bob McKeown, the host and lead reporter on the latest Frost investigation, said. "We went back to St. Louis and had conversations, painting a picture of the relationship between Frost and Danton as the then 23-year-old was playing out his dream as an NHL player.

"The impression one gets is that (Mike was) finally realizing what life should be like for a 23-year-old NHL player -- and oh yeah, he had lots and lots of women, he was dating strippers, fans -- and he was doing all the things Frost was telling him not to do."

Frost allegedly warned Danton he was "f---ing up his career with sex."

One of Danton's ex-girlfriends will be featured prominently in tomorrow night's broadcast.

When the original Frost investigation ran on the fifth estate, the fallout was significant. Just a day after it aired, Danton's father, Steve Jefferson, was arrested and charged with harassing Frost.

A few days after that, the NHL Players' Association announced that Frost had resigned as a certified player agent. It was likely no coincidence that once Bob Goodenow resigned as NHLPA executive director, Frost was pushed out.

Goodenow happened to be in St. Louis the night Danton scored his last goal for the Blues, and had dinner with Danton and Frost the previous night. McKeown said Goodenow refused to talk about Frost when contacted by the fifth estate, claiming he wouldn't comment on matters still in litigation.

There don't appear to be any matters involving Frost and Danton currently in litigation.

Danton's father, Steve Jefferson, however, will appear in court today in Kingston where charges against him will be dropped should he agree to sign a peace bond.

That's just an abbreviated version of the fallout that occurred after the original program on Frost was aired.

What the fifth estate will air tomorrow should be equally damning and upsetting.

One portion of the program deals with Frost's continued involvement in junior hockey, an involvement he has publicly denied over and over again.

However, just the other day, it was reported that Frost announced he was leaving Pembroke and had resigned his involvement with the junior A Lumber Kings -- the same organization that has denied Frost was involved with them in any way.

CBC's attempt to interview Mike Danton in prison in New Jersey was denied, the message returned by prison authorities. Letters that Sue Jefferson, Danton's mother, have written her son have been returned unopened, some of them with Ottawa postmarks.

LEGAL ADVICE

Michael Edelson, who represents Frost, works out of Ottawa.

Edelson also has provided legal advice for Danton, which raised some eyebrows. Frost, the target of the attempted murder, hired Edelson to represent Danton, who admitted to making the attempt.

"You look at the history of the plea bargain and what happened?" McKeown said.

"Danton listened to Frost and where did it get him? Where does it ever get him?"

SIMMONS HAS MORE TO SAY ON ...

THE GOLF SWING

It wasn't right, it wasn't very sportsmanlike, but it was kind of funny. You have to give Buffalo's Andrew Peters that much for his on-ice golf swing against the Leafs. Sure, it was Peters, with no goals and no assists this season for the Buffalo Sabres. Sure, he's one of those tough no-score, guys. And sure, he apologized. But admit it ... it made you laugh.

INSUBORDINATION

In the end, forward Zach Randolph (who should have been a Raptor) was suspended by the Portland Trailblazers after leaving a game in progress while on the inactive list. This was determined to be conduct detrimental to the team. Considering the Trailblazers' history, this is much ado about nothing. Nobody broke the law. No harm. No real foul.

WHO'S IN GOAL?

Has Bob Gainey lost his rather fine mind? How else to explain the juggling of the goaltenders involving the Montreal Canadiens. Cristobal Huet has been close to unbelievable in goal for the Habs this season. At this time of year, he should be playing every game. Gainey should be acting more as coach and less as general manager as the Habs limp into the playoffs.


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