Bruins eager to commence preseason, start new chapter

Defenseman Steven Kampfer had not been a Bruin since 2012 before returning in the deal that sent Adam McQuaid to the New York Rangers earlier this week, but the University of Michigan product has watched what has been built here from posts in Minnesota, Florida, and the Big Apple.

Kampfer enjoyed seeing that some things haven’t changed since he was part of Boston’s first Stanley Cup-winning club in 39 years in 2011, though the quick drive to Warrior Ice Arena ― as compared to the team’s longtime former practice home at Wilmington’s Ristuccia Arena ― was most welcomed.

There is, too, a different attitude about these Bruins as the split squad based at home gets set to hit the ice for the first time Friday morning in Brighton.