Quick Hits: Belpedio, Rychel, Schuldt, Vatanen, Johns, and Kempny
Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny not ready for the start of training camp.
Wild re-sign a defenseman

Minnesota Wild: The Wild have re-signed defenseman Louis Belpedio to a one-year, two-way deal. He’ll get $700,000 in the NHL and $100,000 in the minors.

Rychel heading to the KHL

Igor Eronko: Neftekhimik of the KHL has signed Kerby Rychel to a one-year deal.

Schuldt won’t attend Golden Knights rookie camp without a contract

Jesse Granger: Source saying there has been no change in negotiations between the Vegas Golden Knights and RFA Jimmy Schuldt.

Schuldt is skating in Vegas but won’t take part in their rookie camp that gets underway on Thursday if he doesn’t have a contract in place.

NHL officials without a contract

Michael Farber: The NHL officials contract expired on August 31st. The sides continue to talk and are optimistic a new deal can be reached by the start of the season.

Injury notes on Vatanen, Johns, and Kempny

Corey Masisak: New Jersey Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen said he’s healthy to start the season. The longer offseason helped with this rehab.

Sean Shapiro: Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill said they will know more about Stephen Johns health once training camp gets underway.

Tom Gulitti of NHL.com: Washington Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny isn’t sure if he’ll be ready for the start of training camp, but he’s getting close. Kempny had surgery back on April 2nd to repair a torn hamstring. Recovery takes between four and six months.

“If I’m going to make training camp, it would be great,” Kempny said after skating and working out at MedStar Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday. “If not, my goal and my focus is to be ready for the season. First game, be healthy, be 100 percent. I don’t want to have some problems with it, so I’ve got to take it step by step, listen to our doctors and our treatment guys. But I’m working hard every day. A lot of work is behind me, a lot of work is ahead of me.

“Probably I still need some time, but I’m getting closer. So we’ll see.”