I do have leisure activities that I am unable to participate in and can be found legally negligent if I participate in them.
If 10 of my best employees said, hey, we're leaving for 3 weeks, but we expect you to still pay us, you will have to close down your business, we expect you to still pay the 10 other employees that will sit and do nothing while we go, we will all have to work extra hours because of it and it will bring your business absolutely no extra money or exposure. Oh and by the way, I'm too sick or hurt to work right now, though I'm still getting paid, but I'm more than okay to go off for 3 weeks and do my job for my pride. There's also a good chance that when I come back I'll be too hurt to work also. But you will still have to pay me. I have been a good employee for 10 years, so I don't owe you anything. But you still have to pay me. Sorry, not going to fly.
Boy, one has to try hard to be wrong on every single point one made.
1. Players get paid X dollars per year, to be available to play 82 games + playoffs. They are, with or without the Olympics So "your 10 best employees"
are NOT paid by the Wings while they play in the Olympics.
2. Their NHL salaries are INSURED for injury by their national hockey federations. So the Wings are NOT on the hook for Zetterberg's salary from now until he comes back from injury.
3. The Olympic break is 9 days longer than the normal All-Star break. Just 9 days over a 160 days season.
So your analogy does not fly. Sorry.