Jaromir Jagr acknowledged that he made mistakes when he lost $500,000 betting through an Internet gambling site, but he insisted he paid the debt four years ago and did nothing illegal.
"It was 1998, and I made mistakes," Jagr told reporters after the Capitals' practice. "I just wasn't smart. It was stupid. Everything was taken care of in 1999."
Jagr owed the money to William Caesar, owner of the gambling Web site CaribSports, based in Belize. Sports Illustrated reported Jagr agreed to pay $450,000, split into monthly payments, to settle the debt, and that Caesar leaked the story to the media after Jagr stopped making payments.
Jagr disputed that part of the magazine's story, reiterating the debt was settled in 1999, and said he didn't know why the story was coming out now.
There was no allegation he bet on NHL games.
RACIAL RESOLUTION: Trevor Daley returned to his junior league team, three days after quitting because coach and general manager John Vanbiesbrouck used a racial slur when referring to the defenseman and captain.
Vanbiesbrouck, who finished his 20-year NHL career last season, apologized for using the slur and quit as coach and general manager of the Sault Ste. Marie (Ont.) Greyhounds on Monday.
SUSPENSIONS: Two-game suspensions without pay have been handed to Stars forward Scott Young (for a high-sticking incident involving the Blue Jackets' Jaroslav Spacek) and to Coyotes forward Andrei Nazarov (for a match penalty involving a punch to the Sharks' Dan McGillis).