So I took the ignition apart last night but it turns out that's not the root of the problem. True it fails to ground the ignition circuit when it's turned off, even when I directly connected the appropriate wires, still no spark.
I ended up tracing the problem to a ground fault somewhere in the ignition circuit beneath the flywheel (presumably on the stator). Today I go and borrow a puller from NAPA again and see if I can find the fault.
Thanks for the help.