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BOCA RATON, Fla. - Fans and executives of teams that can spend up to the salary cap should put their rivalries aside to root for the Canadian dollar.Thats because the value of the loonie for the rest of this NHL season will help determine just how far the cap deviates from the preliminary estimate of US$73 million the board of governors was given Monday. Commissioner Gary Bettman, owners and general managers will continue to watch the loonie carefully.Our best guess, and its got some variation in it, is that if the Canadian stays where it is now for the rest of the season, which is about 88 cents, that the cap for next season would be approximately $73 million, Bettman said. Thats a guess, its subject to variation, and it also assumes that the Canadian dollar stays where it is now.The NHL, more than any other major professional sports league, is beholden to the Canadian dollar because it has 23 U.S.-based franchises and seven in Canada. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens generate significant revenue, but when the Canadian dollar is weak, that amount is less when its converted to U.S. funds.Bettman cautioned that the estimate of $73 million (and floor of $54 million) is not carved in stone. Much of the uncertainty has to do with the fluctuation of the Canadian dollar.Obviously if the Canadian dollar rises relative to the U.S. dollar, the cap will go up a little bit, and if it goes down the Canadian dollar, the cap will go down a little bit, but thats the universe that were in, Bettman said.Bettman added that any speculation about the cap going down from $69 million would require either a lack of understanding of the way the system works or the economy of Canada ceasing to exist, and thats not going to happen.General managers, even those of U.S.-based teams, have to care about the health of the loonie because of what it means to next years budget.Here we are in (December) and we have the Canadian Dollar fluctuating so much, you sort of look at it, digest it, talk about it when you get home with your people, your general manager, your cap people, Columbus Blue Jackets president John Davidson said. 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Blake Griffin and Jamal Crawford each scored 15 points for Los Angeles, while Chris Paul had 11 points and seven assists. It was the most lopsided loss of the season for the Clippers, who beat the Suns the previous three times they hosted them -- by an average margin of 20 points. "I think we did a good job of being really unselfish and looking for each other," said Channing Frye, who put the clamps on Griffin following his 40-point effort over Utah on Saturday night. "We had 26 assists, so we did a better job of pushing the pace and executing. Its not like were shooting off the wall, but guys are taking the right shots most of the time.ddddddddddddHopefully we can remember how hard we played tonight and can continue that into the new year so we can stay in that groove were in." The Suns were 12 for 31 on 3-pointers against the Clippers, who came in with the leagues best defence against 3-point shooting (32.7 per cent). 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