My guess is that Bettman suggesting 2-weeks off was more of a tactical move than anything else. I think he knows players are getting antsy and is trying to show that the owners are more than willing to drag this out, if need be. It seems so far that the owners have been more willing to budge than the players, so he's just playing a bit of hard ball with them now.
I wouldn't be at all surprised if the meeting wasn't constructive, though they've agreed to meet again either tomorrow or Wednesday. It looks like the NHL got the union to make a new proposal and they might need an extra day. Best thing that could've realistically happened.
Meeting is more constructive than not meeting. At least with a meeting there's a chance to let the other side know exactly what they want from them. I just hope that on Thursday NHL fans have something to be thankful for.
Yeah, not a real impressive effort by the PA, which explains the "still far apart" comments by Bettman. But, the PA kinda sorta accepted linkage almost, and so we're in the ballpark. We're at opposite ends of the ballpark.