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Agent: Danton doesn't understand predicament

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis Blues forward Mike Danton is in dire
need of psychological counseling as he remains jailed on an alleged
murder-for-hire plot, the player's agent said Monday.

"Mike is scared," agent Dave Frost said in a telephone
interview. "He's still in a state where he doesn't actually
understand what's happened. He's in desperate, desperate need of
counseling, immediately. We're doing what we can to keep his
mind-set as strong as we possibly can."

Danton was arrested Friday, a day after the San Jose Sharks beat
the Blues 3-1 to eliminate St. Louis from the Stanley Cup playoffs. He
remains jailed in California pending extradition to the St. Louis
area. A spokeswoman in the U.S. Attorney's office in East St.
Louis, Ill., said a time and date for Danton's initial court
appearance has not been set.

Meanwhile, an initial appearance was scheduled Monday for Katie
Wolfmeyer, the 19-year-old suburban St. Louis woman accused of
helping to set up the hit.

Federal authorities on Friday charged Danton and Wolfmeyer with
conspiracy and using a telephone across state lines to set up a
murder.

A criminal complaint filed by the FBI alleged that Danton tried
to hire a hit man for $10,000 to murder an acquaintance at the
apartment the men shared. The complaint alleged the men argued
Tuesday over Danton's "promiscuity and use of alcohol." Danton
feared the acquaintance would talk to Blues management and ruin
Danton's career, the complaint says.

Wolfmeyer's uncle said the family was unaware of a relationship
between Wolfmeyer and Danton.

"She's an all-American type of girl," John Wolfmeyer said.
"Everyone's in her corner. Nobody is sleeping or eating. This is
just tearing the family apart."

St. Louis acquired Danton in June from the New Jersey Devils,
where he had been twice suspended for disciplinary reasons. He sat
out all of the 2001-02 season and played in just 17 games in
2002-03.

This season, Danton had seven goals, 12 points and 141 penalty
minutes -- tied for most on the team.