Low risk, low reward. They're not close to contract limit, so the only thing they're really losing is a roster spot and they have plenty of those. Probably won't even play unless massive logjam of injuries occurs.
But hey, I'm not saying they they should't play - they can do what they like - I just thought missing 3/4th's of a season to play is silly from my perspective..
I can also understand that under normal Olympic circumstances (with the NHL involvement) a lot of these guys that played would have never gotten the opportunity otherwise.
Ya, I think that Gionta never would get an NHL offer if he didn't play in the olympics. Like NHL scouts watched him at the olympics and liked what they saw, that is kinda my reasoning for why a team would sign Gionta.