Pensions, ice, training camp highlight labor talks

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TORONTO (AP) -- The NHL Players Association made a number of presentations to owners on Thursday, as talks between the union and the NHL concluded for the week.

Player pensions, length of training camp and ice conditions were the topics of this round, as the two sides agreed to continue negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement on Monday in New York at the league offices.

Mathieu Schneider, special assistant to NHLPA executive director Don Fehr, said the two sides were involved in open discussion and also broke into smaller groups. The former defenseman added that benefits have not been updated since the 1990s, while training camp issues include the schedule, player testing and the amount of preseason games in which veterans would be expected to participate.

On the issue of conditions, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says both sides want the "best ice possible."

The players say they are waiting for specific financial information from the owners before submitting a counterproposal.

The current agreement ends on Sept. 15. The season is slated to begin on Oct. 11.