does anyone have any quick links to facts on NHL attendance and TV ratings? I've come across several polls that indicate that a strong majority of people won't miss this season and also imply they would not miss the NHL if it were gone for good.

I know in most of the U.S. it was/would never be as big as MLB,NBA,NFL. However I thought it was still a close fourth that deserved being recognized as a "huge" sporting event.

I attended very few Sharks games over the years since they were the closest team to home, but I still watched at least every other week on ESPN, as well as the playoffs.

So I'm asking, was the NHL only big in attendance and not on TV? will it truly not be missed?