While the 27-year-old has allegedly listed Boston as one of his preferred destination he would waive his no-trade clause for, the Bruins would need to have the $7.8 million in available cap space to bring Nash onto a new team.
Therefore, Chiarelli, who has often stated he would prefer to keep his current roster intact, would need to trade a player in the $5 million salary cap hit range, such as forward David Krejci or netminder Tim Thomas, to have room for Nash's salary.
The Blue Jackets, who will demand a hefty return for their captain, could ask for backup goalie Tuukka Rask to improve their appalling numbers in between the pipes, but CSNNE.com reports that Jackets GM Scott Howson might be interested in either Milan Lucic or Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton.
While Seguin is believed to be an untouchable, along with Patrice Bergeron, Lucic could find himself on the trade block after his struggling season.
The Bruins might be desperate to add some scoring punch for next season and the price tag for Nash might decrease if the Jackets have a hard time finding a new team for a player who clearly wants out of Columbus.
However, the Bruins will need to part with a top-player, but it remains to be seen if Chiarelli will agree to sell the Jackets a large package for Nash.