The former face of the franchise has returned.

For the first time since being dealt to the New York Rangers nearly two years ago, Rick Nash will face the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Friday night. As both teams look to secure playoff spots, it's an important two points in the standings.

Nash, still the Blue Jackets' franchise leader in games played (674), goals (289), assists (258) and points (547), told reporters after Thursday's practice at Nationwide Arena that he's not sure what to expect when he takes the ice on Friday:

We take a look at all the players involved in that deal between the New York Rangers and the Blue Jackets, how they've fared since the trade on July 23, 2012:

The deal

To New York Rangers:

To Columbus Blue Jackets:

Stats since the trade

PLAYER NHL GP G A PTS.
Rick Nash 97 43 33 76
Steven Delisle 0 0 0 0
Pavel Buchnevich 0 0 0 0
Brandon Dubinsky 92 16 46 62
Artem Anisimov 103 30 21 51
Tim Erixon 33 0 5 5
Kerby Rychel 0 0 0 0

Note: Delisle now plays in the AHL for the Flyers' affiliate, Buchnevich plays in the KHL, Erixon is currently with Springfield in the AHL, the Columbus affiliate, while Rychel is finishing up his OHL career with Guelph.

They said it

Reaction from some involved in the trade, following its announcement:

Rick Nash: "[The Rangers] are already one of the top teams in the league. The players they have are pretty impressive. In finding a team, I thought the Rangers were perfect. They are a great fit for my style."

Brandon Dubinsky: "Sometimes that's just the way New York is. They like the flash and the dash and they want a new toy, I guess. And that's no disrespect to the organization or anybody, of course, because they were so great to me. But that was the hardest part."

Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards (sadly not seeing the incoming realignment): "I'm glad that [Nash]'s in the East. Obviously, he's a great player, and if you only have to play him one time, that's a good thing."

With files from the Associated Press, New York Daily News