Hockey

Capitals' Jagr settles with IRS

Washington Capitals forward Jaromir Jagr will pay the $3.27 million US he owes to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service after the federal government agency filed a tax lien against him in Allegheny County Court earlier this year.

The government claims that Jagr owes income tax money due from 2001.

Jagr, who previously inked a $78-million US contract with Washington, had already paid off a $350,000 US bill for unpaid taxes, including penalties and interest for the 1999 fiscal year.

A native of the Czech Republic, Jagr earned more than $10 million US in his last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins before being traded to the Capitals in July of 2001.

Jagr played 11 seasons in Pittsburgh and won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's top scorer five times.

After this past season, his 13th in the NHL, Jagr has accumulated 506 goals and 729 assists in 950 career games.

Jagr has not quite lived up to the high expectations that came with him to the nation's capital, recording his two least productive seasons since the lockout-shortened 1994-95 campaign.

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