One stat that's telling:
Cory Schneider (this season): .901 save%, 3.15 GAA
Martin Brodeur (last two seasons): .901 save%, 2.22 GAA; .901 save%, 2.51 GAA
Cory's facing a lot more shots right now, and it feels like a lot of them are high quality.
Some fans are going to scream for changes, but until the overall record starts to look bad, the urgency for Lou to make any big ones just isn't going to be there. The Devils are two points out of first. The last 6 games haven't been pretty (Devils have been outscored 15-26, when eliminating the phantom shootout goal), but I think Lou and PDB believe it's only a matter of time before the PK gets its act together and Schneider gets on a roll. I don't think we should really be THAT surprised by where the team currently sits...I think most realistic fans thought this was a bubble team, and with three young defensemen in the lineup (and one who looks like he's little left), some defensive issues were to be expected.
The good news remains: IF (big if...still too early to make any declarations) this team can't turn it around, a lot of bodies can be moved. Jagr, Ryder, Brunner, Havlat, Tootoo, Salvador, and Zids are all on expiring deals. Not saying that they'll bring back any major haul, but Lou can starting dumping some of the older bodies if it looks like this team isn't playoff-bound.
At this point it seems Jagr is the heart and soul of the team. A leader that everyone on the roster looks up to. Anything short of a 1st rounder IMHO would not be worth moving him for. As long as we are somewhat in the hunt, I think Jaromir needs to stay. He was almost singlehandedly the only thing that made this team bearable to watch last season.