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9/26/2006 2:07:54 PM

TORONTO (CP) - Ian White, Andy Wozniewski and Jay Harrison are ready to be part of the revamped blue-line brigade with which the Toronto Maple Leafs will open the new NHL season.

Bryan McCabe, Tomas Kaberle, Hal Gill and Pavel Kubina are the top four, and competition for the remaining spots thinned when Carlo Colaiacovo became ill and Staffan Kronwall and Brendan Bell went down with injuries during camp.

White, Wozniewski and Harrison got tastes of the big league last season while playing the majority of their games with the Toronto Marlies AHL farm club under new Leafs coach Paul Maurice, and they are the prime candidates to skate under the bright lights when the Leafs open the regular season at home against the Ottawa Senators next Wednesday.

White, 22, would be Toronto's smallest defenceman. The five-foot-10 native of Steinbach, Man., fit in nicely during 12 NHL appearances last season and has the agility and smarts to excel in the speed-oriented style now in vogue.

"In this day and age, you've got to be able to bring the puck out of your own end and make plays," White said after practice Tuesday. "The league has changed a lot.

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