Earlier this week, the Bruins thought they had a deal with the Calgary Flames for Jarome Iginla, only to find out hours later that Iginla would veto the trade and accept a deal to the Pittsburgh Penguins, instead.
The Flames had deals in place with both the Bruins and Penguins, while a third team, believed to be the Los Angeles Kings, also had an offer on the table. Chiarelli claims Calgary told him they had a deal, but later that evening Iginla opted for Pittsburgh.
Chiarelli is left looking elsewhere now.
Boyle, 36, has one-year left on his contract beyond this season, at a salary cap hit of $6.667 million.
The Globe suggests the Bruins haven't had a puck mover like Boyle since Ray Bourque was on the roster.
"Players are out there," Chiarelli told the Globe. "There's always other players, but that [Iginla] was a good player."
The Sharks have been shopping Boyle for several weeks, but his cap hit has proved to be an issue. The Bruins have the necessary cap space to add him, but it's unclear what type of package San Jose is asking for.
Boston is also believed to be interested in Sharks winger Ryane Clowe, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this July.