NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has cut four games off the 25-game suspension given to Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres during the playoffs.
The NHL announced the decision Monday, reducing the suspension after Torres filed an appeal of league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan's original ruling.
Torres was suspended April 21 and missed the Coyotes' final 13 playoff games after he left Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa with a concussion following a high, hard hit. He will sit out the upcoming preseason and the first eight games of the 2012-13 regular season.
Torres will forfeit roughly $170,731 in salary during the suspension.
Torres left his feet to hit an unsuspecting Hossa during Game 3 of the first round match up with Chicago, smashing the Blackhawks forward into the ice. Hossa didn’t appear again in the series.
Torres was not penalized during the game for the hit. His suspension is the longest since New York Islanders forward Chris Simon was banned 30 games for stomping on the ankle of Jarrko Ruutu in December 2007.
This was the third time Torres had been suspended by the NHL for a questionable hit in 13 months. He had a goal and an assist and averaged more than 19 minutes of ice time for Phoenix in the first three games of the series.
The Phoenix Coyotes reached the Western Conference finals of the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in franchise history before losing to the eventual champions the Los Angeles Kings.