"Today's trade was a big roster move for us," said Bob Gainey, the North Stars' coach and general manager. "In Russ, we're adding a type of player that will impact the team immediately."
In 10 seasons with the North Stars, Bellows had 342 goals and 380 assists for 722 points in 753 games.
Courtnall, who played four full seasons in Toronto before being traded to Montreal in 1988, has 172 goals and 241 assists in 559 career games.
The San Jose Sharks purchased center Hubie McDonough from the New York Islanders.
McDonough played in the Islanders' system for three years. He had nine points in 33 games for the Islanders last season and 29 points in 21 games for Capital District of the American Hockey League.
Phil Bourque, a regular on the Pittsburgh Penguins' two straight Stanley Cup winners, signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent. The signing does not require compensation.
Bourque plays both forward and defense and is known for his checking rather than his scoring. He had 10 goals and 16 assists in 58 games last season and added three goals and four assists in 21 playoff games.
He had been with Pittsburgh for eight seasons, playing 344 games. He has 75 goals and 89 assists for his career.
Christopher Colbeck was named assistant lacrosse coach at Princeton, the defending NCAA champion. Colbeck was an assistant coach at Drexel last season. He also played with the Pittsburgh Bulls of the Major Indoor Lacrosse League.
Defensive tackle Scott Griemsmann, a University of Delaware senior and a member of the all-Yankee Conference second team in 1991, has torn ligaments in his left knee and will be lost for the entire 1992 season.
Last season, he posted 26 tackles and one sack in eight games for the Blue Hens, who were 10-2 and won the conference championship. He had 60 tackles and a team high of five sacks as a sophomore in 1990.
The Cleveland Cavaliers signed forward Jerome Lane, a four-year NBA veteran.
Lane, a 6-foot-6 free agent, has averaged 5.6 points and 6.2 rebounds a game in his NBA career. He played with Denver, Indiana and Milwaukee last season.
The terms and length of the deal were not announced.
The Brazilian soccer club Palmeiras has offered more than $4 million for the rights to Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer star, a spokesman for the club's sponsor said.
The spokesman, Jose Carlos Brunoro of the Italian milk and cheese manufacturer Parmalat, said that Palmeiras had sent a fax to Napoli, Maradona's current club, on Saturday to make the offer and that the Italian club had acknowledged the proposal.
The Italian team has refused to release Maradona, who has completed a 15- month ban from world soccer for drug abuse. Maradona is under contract to Napoli until June 30, 1993, but has refused to report.