The deal with the Maple Leafs on Tuesday enables the Devils to shed Steckel's $1.1 million salary cap hit. He has two years remaining on his contract.
The 29-year-old Steckel had one goal in 18 games last season with the Devils after being acquired from Washington at the trade deadline for center Jason Arnott.
Steckel is perhaps best known for his hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, while playing for Washington, in the Winter Classic on Jan. 1. Crosby absorbed another hit in a game four days later and hasn't played since then.
I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.
— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round