Call me a pesimist ... a negative nelly even ... but I think the best situation for all would be for every single Red Wings fan to flood all social media websites demanding a lockout. My reasoning is 2-fold.
#1 - If you're thinking (like I am) that Detroit is going to have a horrid season because of their delpeated defence, wish for Gary Bettman's demands of the players to be so great that they just flat out refuse to sign any kind of contract. Cancel the season and let players go where they may to make their money. That way, Ken Holland & staff have another year to find a couple of defencemen to plug the holes. It also gives the draft choices another season to improve and possibly compete for a roster spot (i.e. Lashoff etc.).
#2 - You could also look at it from the opposite perspective. Detroit fans screaming for a lockout would force Bettman's demands down to a realistic level and the season starts on time. That way, Detroit has a losing season for the first time in 20 years and the evil troll gets to gloat.
Option #1 ... we as diehard Red Wings fans don't have to suffer through a mediocre Toronto-esque non-playoff season.
Option #2 ... The players get a fair shake and there is a 50/50 chance Detroit actually has a decent season anyways.
Pretty simple ... cut & dry ... it's a win-win situation for all involved ...
except for Gary bettman ... muaaaaaaahahahahaha !!!!