The NHL trade deadline is where philosophies and directions really come to light.
General managers and the like can talk all they want to local radio stations about how they want to be patient, how they don't want to force anything, how they are just looking to make good "hockey trades," but when the phones start ringing, true colors emerge.
GMs that believe their teams have a legitimate chance at the Stanley Cup are likely to move some futures to bolster their lineups, while teams that are on the cusp are much less likely to move draft picks and such.
Still, inaction is a choice. Standing pat while teams around you improve is, in an essence, choosing to allow your team to fall off a bit in the immediate future regardless of the reasoning.
Here are five clubs currently regretting their quiet deadline day.