The Blue Jackets don’t plan to negotiate a contract extension with right winger Marian Gaborik — the club’s highest-paid player — until the coming season hits its stride.

“We want to get more familiar with him, get to know him better,” general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said of Gaborik, who was acquired at the NHL trade deadline on April 3. “Sure, we’re thinking about it already, but we’re going to let it go into the season, hope to see him score a lot of goals for us and then talk about getting him extended.”

An extension would not be small, in length or salary.

Gaborik, who has three 40-goal seasons on his résumé, is entering the final year of a five-year, $37.5 million free-agent contract he signed with the New York Rangers in 2009. His $7.5 million salary cap figure is the 12th-highest in the NHL.