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TSN earlier reported Bettman's decision.
"This type of on-ice conduct cannot and will not be tolerated in the National Hockey League," Bettman said in a statement. "We have seen similar behavior before from Mr. Torres and, particularly given the league's heightened scrutiny on hits to the head, I believe that a very significant penalty is warranted in this case."
Torres was originally suspended for 25 games after a hit to the head of Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa during the teams' first-round playoff series. The Coyotes played 13 playoff games without a suspended Torres, meaning he had a 12-game ban to carry into the 2012-13 season.
That will now be eight games after Bettman rendered his decision following an appeal by the NHL Players' Association on Torres' behalf.
Torres will lose over $170,000 in salary due to the ban. He is ineligible to play in the Coyotes' preseason games.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has reduced the suspension of Phoenix Coyotes forward Raffi Torres by four games to a total of 21, two sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to ESPN.com Monday.