As the NHL lockout enters its 20th day, some franchises are taking a bigger financial hit than others. During the recent spate of NHL expansion the existing teams collected millions of dollars in fees and the NHLPA bolstered its ranks as the number of players grew with the teams. The rapid (imo senseless and greedy) expansion that occurred in the 1990s may turn out to be the league's achilles heel. Many experts believe that teams like the Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Atlanta Thrashers, Phoenix Coyotes, and Nashville Predators have seen attendance and fan support decline over the last couple of years. Since the NHL is primarily a gate driven league with next to no TV money, teams cannot afford to have ambivalent fan bases.