- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 28, 2003

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

There apparently are no plans to send Washington Capitals right wing Jaromir Jagr to prison anytime soon over the money he owes Uncle Sam for unpaid taxes.

“He is making payments and doing what he has to,” said Linda Dozoretz, a spokeswoman for IMG, Jagr’s management group. “This is an ongoing process. The IRS doesn’t really define a timeline. They just give you a series of steps to [follow].”

The Internal Revenue Service has filed papers in court in Allegheny County, which includes Pittsburgh, seeking $3.2million in what it claims are unpaid income taxes from the 2001 calendar year. It does not appear that Jagr is contesting the claim, filed against him earlier this year.

The right wing settled another tax suit brought by the IRS a year earlier, claiming he owed $320,000.

Meanwhile, Steve Eminger, Washington’s first pick (12th overall) in last June’s draft, was one of the defensive stars for the Kitchener Rangers, who won the Memorial Cup last weekend. The Rangers, representing the Ontario Hockey League, defeated Hull, Quebec.

Eminger piled up a huge amount of minutes in the game and throughout the tournament to decide Canada’s junior hockey champion of the season.

Eminger played 17 games for the Caps last season, making the club right out of training camp but there were questions about his use. Some observers felt if he wasn’t going to play every game and with more than token appearances, he would be better off back in junior playing 25-30 minutes a game. The Caps felt he would learn more by staying with the team whether he played or not.

“He was very solid, all the way through,” said one official who saw him in action during the tournament. “He had to log 40 minutes a game, which might explain why he didn’t do much offensively,” the official said.

Dave Fay

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