Danton staying in the States

According to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, former St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton won’t be going anywhere for a while.A federal judge denied Danton’s request to re-examine his murder for hire sentence of 7 1/2 years, agreed upon as part of a plea agreement in 2004.

Danton had been hoping for a transfer to a Canadian prison, but the Post-Dispatch reports that the Justice Department denied that request in March.

The paper says that Danton isn’t appealing the sentence, but has filed a motion to vacate or correct it, allowing him to serve the remainder of his term in Canada, where there are more liberal parole policies.

Danton, 25, played 87 career NHL games with the Blues and New Jersey Devils. He was drafted, as Mike Jefferson, byt the Devils in the fifth round of the 2000 draft and was traded to St. Louis in 2003.

Danton was accused of plotting to have his agent David Frost killed in April 2004 but, despite the plea bargain, Danton has steadfastly refused to acknowledge that Frost was his intended target.