07/02/2012 01:33 EDT | Updated 09/01/2012 05:12 EDT

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman reduces Raffi Torres suspension by four games

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Gary Bettman has cut four games off the 25-game suspension given to Raffi Torres during the playoffs.

The reduced sentence from the commissioner came after the Phoenix Coyotes forward appealled Brendan Shanahan's original decision.

Torres served 13 games of the ban during the playoffs and will have to sit out the coming pre-season as well as eight games in the regular season.

As a result, he'll forfeit US$170,731.68 in salary.

The suspension was handed out April 21 after Torres left Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa with a concussion following a high, hard hit.