Okay fellow Als fans, what do you make of this trade?
For my two cents, I'm not distressed by it.
Karikari was brilliant two seasons ago, but tailed off last year, and then lost his starter's position late in the season. Brightful replaced him; now Brightful did not overly impress me last year (either at corner or at safety), but he didn't do poorly either; an average player, good but not great.
However, if he's over his injury Proulx might be ready to step in at safety, and I wouldn't mind giving Etienne Boulay a look there; hits like a locomotive, just not sure if he has the speed to play safety.
Now as for Stokes, I do see a possiblity here. I think most of us agree that we need another guy in the backfield to complement our power runner, Edwards; preferably a quick back with shifty moves. If we use Stokes a la Thomas Haskins or Corey Holmes, this might work out....IF, and this is a big IF, Stokes has cured his fumble problems (which cost us a Grey Cup a few years back). In any event, we are now covered in case Ezra Landry is done (Cobourne never impressed me as a returner).
So, all in all, I don't think this is a bad trade, and it opens up some interesting possibilities, although usually you would not want to trade a Canadian for an American for ratio reasons.