Anaheim Ducks star and hockey deity Teemu Selanne has been candid throughout the NHL lockout.

He called Commissioner Gary Bettman the NHL’s “most hated person” while bemoaning the fiscal irresponsibility of the owners. He said he’d be willing to lose the potential final season of his career if it meant the players ensure themselves a brighter future in a new CBA.

In the past, Selanne said he believed the lockout needed to get settled by the end of December in order for there to be a 2012-13 season. But with talks between the NHL and NHLPA progressing, Selanne tells MTV3 of Finland that he’s really, really optimistic there will be a season. As in, he thinks the lockout will end next Monday.