Even if the NFL lockout continues, there might be a version of the Tampa 2 in New York this fall.

When Brad Richards signed a nine-year, $60 million deal with the Rangers on Saturday, it not only gave the Rangers an All-Star center for Marian Gaborik's line, it reunited the 31-year-old with left wing Ruslan Fedotenko, who had re-signed with the Blueshirts a day earlier.

In 2004, Fedotenko and Richards scored 12 playoff goals apiece to lead the Lightning to the Stanley Cup. In Game 7 of the Finals against the Flames, Fedotenko scored both of the Lightning's goals, the first coming off a Richards assist.

If Fedotenko joins Richards and Gaborik on the Rangers' top line, he would provide balance to an offensive-minded unit. Last season Fedotenko had 10 goals and 15 assists.

"It's up to the coaches," Fedotenko said Wednesday in Greenburgh, where Richards made his first appearance since the signing, at a skating party with children from the Garden of Dreams foundation. "They will make the decisions. I would love to play with him. It would be great. It's the coaches' decision and we'll go from there."

The head coach, of course, is John Tortorella, who was the man behind the bench for the 2004 Lightning and a big draw for Richards to come to New York. Wednesday, Richards got his new sweater, with the No. 19 that Fedotenko wore last year.