There is no emotional attachment for Steve Kasper, not after all these years and the sour way it ended for him in Boston.

This is still his home. He lives here without much notice, played his best hockey for the Bruins, coached the team, but if there was once a feeling for the organization, that is long ago.

He doesn’t, like so many former athletes, hang on to the past. He isn’t necessarily bitter, but he is detached — and certainly isn’t nostalgic.

“That’s just who I am,” said the Maple Leafs director of professional scouting. “All that was a long time ago and I don’t cling much to the past.

“I grew up in the Montreal area and I grew up a Montreal Canadiens fan. I never thought I’d change my loyalties, but then I got drafted by Boston and played there for nine years. That was my team, but the moment I got traded to the Los Angeles Kings, it was the same thing. I changed my loyalties. It happened when I went to Philadelphia and, at the end, to Tampa. I don’t look back, I just look at it as the next opportunity.”

This playoff series between Kasper’s past and current employers is nothing at all personal. There are few friends on the other side. Maybe even a few enemies. Cam Neely, whom Kasper once benched for an entire game without playing a shift at Maple Leaf Gardens — in perhaps the most infamous night of his brief coaching career — is now president of the Bruins. The two haven’t spoken in years.

“That’s irrelevant to me,” said Kasper. “I don’t know when (I last spoke to Neely). I wouldn’t say we have any relationship at all. I don’t bump into him. He doesn’t bump into me. That’s just the way it’s worked out for me. It’s not something I consider important.

“I don’t have real emotional attachments to past teams. I live in this area. Kids see me, they don’t know I played. They don’t know who I am. This week, it’s different — I have a lot of friends calling me right now trying to get information on the Leafs. I’m a Leaf now and I’m proud of that and have no problem saying it.”

Important, however, has been Kasper’s reasonably quiet voice in the Maple Leafs hierarchy. You don’t hear his name much and he would prefer if you never hear it. Publicity isn’t something he craves. He doesn’t care much to revisit his days of shadowing Wayne Gretzky or Mario Lemieux or whichever big scorer he was up against most nights.