By Chris Emma–

CHICAGO (CBS) — Kimmo Timonen overcame a battle with blood clots on his legs and lungs with the dream of one more Stanley Cup push in this final season for the 40-year-old defenseman and four-time NHL All-Star.

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When the trade deadline came and Timonen’s Philadelphia Flyers weren’t in contention, he was sent to Chicago, a Cup favorite. He hadn’t played all season but had worked to reach this point.

“The dream of winning was so bad, that I wanted to turn every stone,” Timonen said. “It was a long battle.”

Now here’s Timonen, with the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final, and he’s a healthy scratch. He spent long hours on the ice and in the doctor’s office to get here. Now he’s wearing a suit while his team fights for a championship.

“It’s frustrating,” Timonen said. “I can’t lie to you. It’s hard, I’m not lying to you. It is what it is.”

Timonen played through each Blackhawks playoff game leading up to Game 6 of the Western Conference Final, when coach Joel Quenneville deemed his veteran presence couldn’t overcome inconsistent play.

When Chicago earned a Game 7 win in Anaheim to clinch the Stanley Cup Final berth, Timonen was a healthy scratch. Game 3 of the Cup Final is Monday night at the United Center, and Timonen isn’t expected to play, barring an unforeseen change from Quenneville.

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Does Timonen believe his play is worthy of ice time?

“Obviously not, because I’m not playing,” Timonen said. “That’s a sign.”

The Blackhawks acquired Timonen on Feb. 27 in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2015 draft and a conditional fourth-round pick. However, because the Blackhawks won three rounds and Timonen played in more than half of those games, the conditional pick became a second-round selection for the 2016 draft.

Still, general manager Stan Bowman believed in Timonen’s abilities in a return. He had tremendous hockey credentials, and it appeared to be a risk worth taking to ensure the Blackhawks’ depth for another Cup run.

Timonen worked hard to reach good health, but now he’s just a healthy scratch.

“The only thing I can say is I’ll try to stay ready and hope for my chance,” Timonen said. “I’ve played every final there is in the hockey world and am a five-time Olympian. It’s hard not to be playing, I can’t lie to you.”

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