How many NHL franchises do you think there are that could withstand more or less a decade of poorly competitive teams and not end up suffering noticeably in attendance figures? This is not meant to be a thread attacking any franchise, in fact the exact opposite. Of course we all know that there perhaps a couple of franchises that could endure such circumstances with little or no side-effects with respect to fan support, but it seems that the finger is always being pointed at a select few of franchises for having weak fanbases, regardless of the fact that some of those fanbases also haven't had a team which is in any way consistantly competitive. I'm wondering if there are only a few teams in the League that would suffer in fanbase support, under such conditions of having a team that really wasn't competitive for a lengthy period of time, or if this would be true for a great many franchises. Looking for opinions on this, and any data that could back up such opinions. Not sure if this topic is one with a long life, but I think it has some value with respect to getting some answers to the question I put forth. ADD IN: You can look at it from the flipside as well, what evidence is there that almost any franchise would suffer fanbase support from having a prolonged streak of teams which have been poorly competitive?